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JHU anti-abortion group wins recognition

April 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

BALTIMORE, April 10 (UPI) -- An anti-abortion group has become a recognized student organization at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the school said.

The judiciary committee of the Student Government Association reversed an earlier decision by association representatives denying Voice for Life official status, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. The group will be eligible for university funding and other benefits.

The group's most controversial plan is to conduct "sidewalk counseling" outside clinics near the Hopkins campus. Andrew Guernsey, the freshman organizing the group, said its members will be non-confrontational and will not push a religious agenda.

Voice of Life was active on campus for about 15 years but became moribund in 2010, the newspaper said.

Guernsey has been trying to revive it.

"Today is a victory not only for pro-life students here at Johns Hopkins, but for pro-life students around the country," Guernsey said. "We hope that our story of rising above discriminatory opposition can inspire pro-life students around the country to courageously take a stand for life and speak truth to power at their own college campuses."

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