Saturday, March 15, 2008
The face of totalitarianism is one Kelly Holloway, president of York's graduate students' association. It was she who pushed for the cancellation of a public debate on abortion. The event had been booked and the fliers printed, but it never happened. "This debate, over whether or not women should be able to have an abortion, is not acceptable in the student centre," said Ms. Holloway.
Not acceptable in the student centre? Abortion is among the most controversial issues anywhere. Theologians, ethicists and doctors - not to mention ordinary people - have been wrestling with abortion for many years. Even though abortion is widely available, there is still no philosophical consensus on the morality of killing a fetus.
Yet Ms. Holloway, in an act of terrifying arrogance, has declared the discussion finished. Referring to the 1988 Morgentaler ruling, she said, "The Supreme Court made a decision, and that's good enough for me. I think we should accept that the debate is over."
Yup yup. Might makes right, after all. The black-robed gods have spoken, don't question.