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H*yas for Choice Sponsors 6th Annual Choice Week at Georgetown

In mid-March, H*yas for Choice at Georgetown University held its sixth annual Choice Week, promoting access to abortion and other reproductive services.

“It opened my eyes to a lot of Catholic ideas, and it really made me happy to see that there is a place in the Catholic community for people who are pro-choice,” sophomore Zoey Krulick, a non-Catholic who serves as events co-coordinator for H*yas for Choice, told The Hoya regarding the film presentation of “The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics."

Other events included a lecture by Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington CEO Laura Meyers and a “Celebration of Choice” event.

“Choice Week is a reminder that there is always work to be done in protecting a woman’s right to choose,” said sophomore Haylie Jacobson, vice president for the organization, to The Hoya.

The organization boasts that it has a listserv of 400 members.

Student Morgan McDaniel wrote about the week for the Feminists at Large blog, a blog created and coordinated by junior Kat Kelley and sophomore Erin Riordan, a self-described “radical feminist interested in education reform, prison reform, worker justice, and LGBTQ rights.”

“Choice is a Jesuit value,” wrote McDaniel. “...We want to show that no one’s life fits the same mold, and to be pro-choice is to respect every woman and man’s right to make decisions about their bodies for themselves. That applies whether the decision is to have sex, to remain abstinent, to use birth control, to get an abortion, or to raise a child.”

“People who oppose contraception and abortion rush right past living breathing women in need to worry about justice for the unborn or unconceived,” added McDaniel.

Others on campus say that the campus environment has become less tolerant for those espousing pro-life views.

“There's less of a tolerance for students who try to voice their pro-life opinions, especially women who are pro-life,” said junior Kevin Sullivan, Right to Life treasurer and co-director of the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, to The Hoya.

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