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University of Waterloo students stir up debate on pro-choice issues

November 18th, 2015

The pro-choice and pro-life perspectives always stir up strong feelings in individuals. Students at the University of Waterloo are eager to raise awareness and initiate discussion about abortion, feminism, and contraception.

 The Women’s Centre, which is a Federation of Students’ service, is hosting “My Body, My Choice” on November 19, 2015. Students, staff, faculty, and members of the community are able to attend the special initiative being held in the lower atrium of the Student Life Centre. Attendees will participate in engaging, and informative discussions about pro-choice issues from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. An art exhibit featuring coat hangers will display the struggles and illustrate stories from a time when women didn’t have access to safe resources and healthcare when pregnant. People will be able to visit booths to obtain information on four topics - adoption, abortion, parenting, and contraception.

The day will end with a screening of the film After Tiller in The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. 

“People should be given all the options and resources available when it comes to pregnancy. Everyone should have the right to choose what happens to their body. That’s what we believe at The Women’s Centre,” said Sarah Wiley, a coordinator for the centre and third-year psychology major. “Regardless of how you feel about the issue, this is a great opportunity to break down stigma and let people know they’re not alone.”

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