A display depicted graphic images of abortions alongside examples of genocide, such as those which occurred in Cambodia and World War II Germany, sparking campus-wide debate.
The controversial demonstration was held Monday in front of Wilson Library by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform in partnership with Carolina Students for Life , and it will be held again today.
It was part of the center’s initiative to persuade students that abortion is a violent crime against human beings and falls into the United Nations’ definition of genocide.
“(Genocide Awareness Project) is our campus project, we have others, but this is specifically designed for college students,” said project director Jane Bullingto n, who travels to colleges around the country. The organization has visited UNC twice before.
“Typically college students believe genocide is one of the worst things that can happen, but they don’t want to consider the fact that killing a million babies a year in our country is genocide,” she said.
The presentation follows all UNC procedures and policies covering events and facilities use, said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp in an email Monday morning. The statement also mentioned that students could seek help from UNC’s Counseling and Psychological Services if they are disturbed by the images.
“The University’s responsibility is to remain a vibrant intellectual community in which all viewpoints can be comfortably expressed and heard in an atmosphere of civility and respect,” he said.
Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, both unaffiliated students and Students United for Reproductive Justice members organized a counter-protest.