Anti-abortion group forms at Johns Hopkins

April 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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BALTIMORE, April 9 (UPI) -- An anti-abortion group that plans to talk to women outside clinics has been denied official recognition at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The decision by the Hopkins Student Government Association means that Voice for Life will not get funding from the university and may be unable to hold events on campus, The Baltimore Sun reported.

A student appeals panel was expected to hold a hearing Tuesday on the association's decision.

The group had formerly been active at Hopkins but has been moribund since 2010. Andrew Guernsey, 18, a freshman from Ave Maria, Fla., is leading a movement to revive the group and get its members involved in "sidewalk counseling" at clinics near the Hopkins campus.

Guernsey said about 20 students are interested in working with the group. He promised any counseling would be non-threatening and described the group as non-sectarian.

"The case for life can be made in reason and science, and that's the case we're making," he said. "We're not affiliated with any religious or political groups. A case for the humanity of the unborn child can appeal to people of any faith or no faith."

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