LifeChoice USYD – the controversial anti-abortion society – held their first event on campus on August 9, a seminar on the value of life and the evils of euthanasia.
While the lecture hall was well attended and the speaker, Dr. John Obeid, talked for an hour, it quickly became clear that rather than facilitating debate, the society was focused on presenting one side of the issue, that being the superiority of palliative care and the abject immorality of euthanasia.
The speaker also made sure to represent pro-euthanasia advocates as uncaring and ignorant of the intricacies of medical care, and said members of The Greens were similar to Nazis.
The lecture ended with a Q&A session. Dr. John Obeid, self-righteous from any perspective on the debate, dismissed questions or answered them poorly and moved on to others.
Although it appears some members of the executive have good intentions, it appears as though the society has deceived the student community. Rather than a discussion group society such as the Feminist Discussion Group, LifeChoice is a growing corporation, a lobby group cum NGO, fixed with branding, a snazzy title, and an agenda.
The clearest indication of their agenda is the society newsletter, with the most recent linking to three explicitly pro-life blog posts and one blog post that endeavours to ‘explore the debate’ but seems to veil an obvious insistence in the morality of rejecting abortions.
The establishment of LifeChoice UNSW is the next step in the formation of a network of LifeChoice across university campuses. While they claim that it is to facilitate discussion, the development of a ‘LifeChoice’ brand, and their inaugural event, makes it clear that this is a cross-campus lobby group.