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Evangelical College Refuses to Allow Pro-Life Display

An evangelical college in Santa Barbara, Calif., continues to deny a request by a student to set up a graphic pro-life display on campus, WORLD on Campus reports.

“Westmont (College) is an evangelical Christian school, with a mission to serve ‘God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.’ … Its statement of faith affirms the trinity, the resurrection and the inerrancy of scripture.

But for three years in a row, Westmont’s student government association denied (student Seth) Gruber’s request to bring a pro-life display to campus. The display, known as the Genocide Awareness Project and sponsored by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), contains billboard-sized photos of aborted babies. Some are whole, others in pieces. Gruber admits the display is graphic and horrific, but he believes it’s truth that students need to see.

Jane Higa, Westmont’s dean of students, said the school doesn’t disagree with Gruber’s pro-life position, but administrators don’t agree with his methods of communication. Gruber accuses the school of refusing to take a stand against abortion, something Higa didn’t deny. “Within our community, there is a range of perspectives on that,” she said.

For Gruber, the school’s unwillingness to show pictures of the reality of abortion amounts to intellectual dishonesty.”

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