Unless you are feeding a baby, drop what you are doing right now! This may be longest column I have ever published, but you cannot afford to miss a single word. This column will make you feel angry at its onset and inspired at its conclusion. It begins with a long letter by Stephanie Evans, President of Carolina Students for Life (CSFL) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Last week, she wrote the following to the Carolina Women?s Center (CWC) and copied it to numerous UNC administrators:
Dear Carolina Women's Center Directors,
When Carolina Students for Life, the student-led pro life and women's health organization on campus, began correspondence with you in November of last year, we fully hoped to form a cooperative and helpful relationship between our two organizations that would benefit the women of the University. Unfortunately, CSFL's attempts were met with nothing but false promises and assurances that the Carolina Women's Center would be fair and unbiased in educating the women of UNC-Chapel Hill.
While the CWC claims to promote the admirable tenets of ?diversity of thought? and ?equality,? as your leadership shared with Carolina Students for Life in our March 5, 2004 meeting, nothing could be further from the truth. In the last five months, your attempts to silence our organization, outright refusals to entertain discussions offering an alternative view to abortion, and your support and promotion of pro abortion thought on this campus have been shameful, hypocritical, and illegal. Time after time, the CWC has shown that it is intent on pursuing its own agenda while trying to placate our group as you ignore our concerns.
First, as traditionally done in past years, on the official CWC website, you asked for proposals regarding Women's Week 2004. When CSFL responded to this request, offering two speakers, CWC encouraged us for three months to submit applications and information and to pursue plans to bring in national speakers. We met all your requests, in a very timely manner (your responses, however, were not so timely) and secured two highly regarded, prominent speakers to address the campus on health issues related to women's reproductive rights that would be tied into the official Women's Week theme of ?Oppression.? Despite full compliance with your requests, in late February you informed us that you WOULD NOT be seeking proposals from outside groups.