Pro-Life Students Compared to White Supremacists at Johns Hopkins University

In March, the pro-life student group Voice For Live was denied the status of official student club by the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University. And even as VFL was compared to white supremacists, racists, and deemed undesirable, the SGA approved a new group called Students for Justice in Palestine despite that the latter group has a history of anti-Semitism and campus disruption.

The SGA (SGA) voted on March 12 to deny Voice For Life (VFL )the right to become an officially sanctioned club. The vote against VFL was later upheld by the SGA senate.

To explain its decision, the SGA claimed that the pro-life group’s national website is “offensive” because one of its links takes visitors to the website for Bio-Ethical Reform. The SGA also claimed that because the pro-life group engages in sidewalk counseling at a Baltimore abortion facility, that “clearly violates the JHU Harassment and Code of Conduct policies.”

President of Students for Life of America Kristen Hawkins told Fox News that they were shocked to be denied club status.

“We were pretty shocked when the students showed their bias toward the pro-life students,” Hawkins said.

Former SGA Vice President and a drafter of the SGA Constitution Evan Lazerowitz is also shocked by the SGA’s unfair actions.

In a letter of support for SFL, Lazerowitz said, “The fact is, quite simply, that the SGA’s actions constitute viewpoint discrimination, which violates the SGA Constitution. I am particularly concerned that SGA members actually told a student group leader that he should remove certain web-links or not undertake certain actions simply because they personally disagreed with them. Concern about a group’s message, and groups that it supports, definitely violates the free speech guarantee of the SGA Constitution because the SGA is passing judgment on the viewpoint of the group.”

On its website, Students For Life revealed an email exchange between SGA members that talks about Lazerowitz’s letter of support. In the exchange, VFL is likened to white supremacists and another email claimed that the SGA’s duty is to “protect” students from ideas they don’t agree with.

Johns Hopkins student Andrew Guernsey pointed out the hypocrisy in the SGA’s position.

“It is inconsistent with the JHU’s motto ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’ for the SGA to try to hide its students–many future doctors and nurses–from the truth about abortion and how it hurts women, families and most of all, innocent preborn babies,” Guernsey said.

During that same SGA meeting, the group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was approved for inclusion as an official student group. SJP has a long history of virulent anti-Semitism and is controlled by the American Muslims for Palestine, a group that the Anti-Defamation League says, “promotes extreme anti-Israel views.”

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  • GarandFan

    You will do as your told by your betters! Any bets all the members of the SGA are registered Democrats?

    • Bonchamps

      Nope. They think Obama’s too conservative. I bet they’re Green Partiers or even further left.

      They’re “independent” the way Bill Maher is “libertarian.”

  • sabbahillel

    At first I thought the action was an example of hypocrisy. However, I realize that in both cases the “Student Government” is promoting murder.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Students are allowed to form thier own opinions.

    They simply have to choose them from the pre-approved list.

  • jim_m

    Only the left would call people who oppose abortion, which is predominantly performed on minority babies, “white supremacists”. It is far more likely that the people who advocate the mass murder of unborn black babies are the racists.

  • Commander_Chico

    The only way to stop this kind of viewpoint discrimination at colleges is to agitate to reduce fees to the student government.

    • herddog505

      No, the only way to stop this sort of nonsense is to end “student government” in the first place. If college kids want a team or club or group or organization to do anything, from softball to chess to Bible study to talking politics, let them do it on their own: what need of some “governmental body” to decide which groups are OK and which are not?

      • Commander_Chico

        Nah, having been in that world a long time ago, the main purpose of student government is to give students some say in the use of student union buildings, movie theaters, auditoriums, etc. So student government has a purpose.

        Otherwise university administrators and professors run everything on campus. Like Dean Wormer.

        • herddog505

          You mean they don’t???

          And if the students did their own thing, using their own resources, ol’ Dean Wormer would have little to say. As it stands, he is only one of many people who can say, “Oh, your club’s plan to bring X on campus sounds just swell! Here’s $10k to help make that happen!” or else, “Your club’s plan to bring Y on campus is hateful / divisive / bigotted / disruptive [insert other tinpot wannabe phraseology here] and will absolutely not be allowed!”

  • herddog505

    And these people are the future leaders of our country: intolerant, self-righteous, bigoted tinpot wannabes.

    God help us.

  • JWH

    Give them official club status. End of story.

    • herddog505

      Thinking aloud:

      What does “official club status” teach these kids? I suggest some very bad lessons:

      1. It teaches them to divide themselves into “we” and “they”;

      2. Worse, it teaches them that their school (the “government” of their world) exists not only to regulate and control what they do, where they do it, and with whim, but also to hand out money to them;

      3. Still worse, they learn to compete for those dollars;

      4. Worst of all, they learn to try to control those funds for the purposes of f*cking over other groups that they don’t like. “Oh-ho! Somebody wants to form a [insert activity or interest here] group, eh? Well, we don’t like that sort of thing! So, no money for them!”

      In short, they are learning to be members of Congress.

      Is THIS what we want our universities to do???

  • jim_m

    People that run for student government are the same people that run for the condo association . They are in it so they can bully everyone else into doing what they want. It’s a power trip. Few, if any, are actually interested in benefiting the student body. They are motivated by how good it will look on a resume and how they can impose their own agenda on others. Running for student government is almost always a selfish act.

  • Vagabond661

    There are 40 million babies who think an assault weapon is a uterine currette.

  • liam58

    Well, liberals will be liberals, homosexuals will be homosexuals, mentally I’ll will be mentally, and niggers wii be niggers. The melting pot from hell.