Americans may be divided on the issue of abortion but the higher education establishment doesn’t appear to be. And the higher up you go in the Ivory Tower, the greater the support for abortion seems to be. “Residents at the Yale School of Medicine, required to have abortion training unless they have religious or moral objections, now take a six-week course in abortion techniques at a Planned Parenthood of Connecticut (PPC) facility, according to Yale Daily News,” Liz Townsend reports in the National Right to Life News. “The collaboration between Yale and PPC began in 2005, when professors realized that the residents were performing ‘too few’ abortions at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Daily News reported.”
“At PPC’s Whitney Street abortion clinic, ‘they are trained in both vacuum aspiration and medication abortion procedures,’ according to Planned Parenthood’s Choice! magazine, along with other clinic ‘services.’”
More than a decade and a half ago, nervous White House lawyers worried that if President Bush (41) did not sign the Americans with Disabilities Act, “kids and cripples” would surround the Executive Office. Now, 15 years later, the ADA, like many mammoth federal laws, has gone well beyond its original intent. “Sarah B. Sevick considers her pet ferret, Lilly, to be a service animal, no less legitimate than a guide dog,” Kelly Field reports in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “True, the support Lilly provides is emotional, rather than physical, but that does not change her status under
the law, Ms. Sevick reasons.”
“So Ms. Sevick, who suffers from anxiety and depression, was surprised when
administrators at Our Lady of the Lake University, in Texas, told her she
could not bring Lilly to the campus because the ferret did not qualify as a
service animal.” For now, the ADA defines service animals narrowly as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.”
However, most of the ADA has been defined by litigation, which Ms. Sevick is threatening to bring. “Convinced the college was wrong, she filed a complaint with
the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division last August, asking that
the administrators’decision be overturned,” Field reported. “‘They didn’t understand,’ says Ms. Sevick.”
“‘I couldn’t just have a panic attack and say, See, she is helping me.”
Washington and Lee University is offering a course in “The Politics and Science of Weapons of Mass Destruction. “Students begin this course by planning a terrorist attack on the United States,” Samantha Henig writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The plan must be detailed, down to the specifics of the equipment and chemicals needed to make the weapons.”
“By teaching the science behind weapons of mass destruction, alongside the history of their role in international affairs, the course seeks to offer a deeper understanding of current events.”
How hazardous can it be to be a conservative on campus? Nate Nelson of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh does not want to find out.
“An anonymous emailer has threatened the lives of a conservative student leader and his wife at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh,” according to the Leadership Institute. “Nate Nelson, the student leader, and his wife, Kelly, received the email on Tuesday, September 27.”
“‘Quit with your political bulls–t before I kill you and your wife,’ the emailer wrote.” Campus police are investigating the allegation, LI representatives say.
In a more innocent day and age, drag racing usually involved cars but recently, students from George Washington University got to see drag queens run a lap down 17th Street, NW, just a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom campus. “This is my favorite thing that happens in D. C.,” senior Katie Harter told the GW Hatchet’s Cassandra Many.
“I can’t believe this,” junior Turner Payne told Many. “All these men have tighter butts and nicer legs than I do.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the executive director of Accuracy in Academia.