Are high school campuses the appropriate place to hold the fight over abortion?
As noted in today's article, abortion opponents have held protests in front of several Wake County high schools over the past year and plan to do several more. Most recently, they were at Enloe High School on Tuesday.
“We’re trying to educate students,” said Bill Schultz, whose helping organize the protests. “You can call it a sidewalk classroom for them to learn the truth and make better decisions about their lives.”
Protesters hold signs that feature large pictures of aborted fetuses. They hand out literature and shout that abortion is murder.
Schultz said they've received mostly positive responses at schools but they ran into some organized student position at Enloe. Some students went nose-to-nose with the abortion opponents and engaged in heated arguments.
Morgan Richardson, 17, an Enloe senior, said it wasn’t right for the protesters to be near the school. She argued that their presence disrupted the school day.
“Enloe is a very diverse place,” Richardson said. “We’re very open-minded. If you have a different opinion, we’re very accepting. But they shouldn’t be coming on campus.”
Technically, the protesters were not on campus but on the public sidewalk in front of the school. Protesters who stepped onto school property were ordered back onto public property.
Some students complained this publication from the Human Life Alliance was sexist because of the way it talked about teens. Some students also called it racist that this publication was given to black students.
But what's gotten the most reaction is the enlarged photos of aborted fetuses. They're graphic, but Schultz said that's the point in order to demonstrate the consequences of abortions. With nearly 10,000 abortions a year in Wake, Schultz said they're fighting a "holocaust."
“It’s reality,” Schultz said. “It’s what happens. To view that should make an impression on them that it’s a real life.”