By Shawn Gill
The Genocide Awareness Project, a radical anti-abortion group, held a demonstration at UBC yesterday, on International Women’s Day.
UBC students and community members staged a protest in response to an organization that overtly equates abortion with genocide.
“The fact that this is taking place on International Women’s Day demonstrates how little regard for womens’ value and a woman’s right to choose that this group truly has,” said Ariana Barer, local feminist activist and UBC masters student.
On their website, the Genocide Awareness Project says that they are a “travelling photo-mural exhibit which compares the contemporary genocide of abortion to historically recognized forms of genocide.”
“As a woman and as a Jewish person I am horrified that the oppression of Jews and others peoples historically is being used to justify the oppression of women today,” said Barer.
The Genocide Awareness Project exhibits extremely graphic imagery of fetuses next to images of human suffering.
This can trigger an intensely negative emotional reponse in women who have experienced abortion or misscarriage, says Barer who’s graduate research is around the way sexual assaults on women are portrayed in media.
“Generations of women have fought for women’s access to reproductive choice. My mom worked hard to create a world where this was an option for women. International Women’s Day reminds me of what my mom did for me,” said Barer.
“My mom fought for this a generation ago and here we are again fighting the same battle,” said Barer.
The Genocide Awareness Project was able to gain access to the campus through the pro-life student group Lifeline which is allowed to book space for events on campus.