Texas A&M has had to issue a statement after one of its student organizations sent a mass email invitation to an event that would teach students how to perform at-home abortions.
Medical Students For Choice, the student organization that sent the email and planned the event, did so on the university’s official website.
The notice read: “Join Medical Students for Choice for a live workshop with Dr. April Lockley: Options for Self-Managed Abortions.” The email said, “students will learn the various ways individuals self-manage and self-source medication abortion.”
The email went on to explain what this means. “Self-managed abortion is a term that refers to an abortion that takes place outside of a medical setting… It has now come to include medication abortion, whether overseen by a medical provider or acquired through alternative means.”
Those alternative means would include illegal purchases and practices in the state of Texas, which in June outlawed abortion throughout pregnancy with an exception for the life of the mother.
Texas Right to Life Fellow and Pro-Life Aggies president Grace Howat responded to the email. “The predation of the abortion industry on college students on our campus is reaching a new extreme, and this revelation of an official student organization unashamedly promoting illegal activity is quite horrifying. Pro-Life Aggies wants students on campus to know that there are resources available to help pregnant and parenting students so that they never feel they need to choose the destructive and medically unsafe choice of abortion.”
After the email was leaked through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line, Texas A&M University Associate Vice President Kelly Brown provided the following comment: “Like most public universities if not all, Texas A&M has an opt-in listserve to which students and employees can receive emails about campus events, lectures, etc. The email being referenced was from that listserve, and is not an official email from Texas A&M University. It was written by someone in a student organization and sent through the email.”