This Should Not Be Tolerated In ANY College
Funded With Public Money!!
DATE: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Ohio Right to Life delivered a letter to The Ohio State University, requesting a meeting with the president, Michael Drake, and the Dean of Moritz College of Law, Alan Michaels. The letter comes in light of ongoing threats made to a second-year law student, Madison Gesiotto, regarding an article she recently wrote for The Washington Times.
The article, which discusses the disproportionate number of African American babies who are aborted, has been the subject of much hostility on campus and online. Upon receiving the threat, Ms. Gesiotto requested a meeting with Michaels. Ms. Gesiotto reports that the focus of the meeting was on the content of her work rather than the threat made against her.
"Any threats made to students should be taken seriously, not callously tossed aside," said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life."
It's alarming not only that Madison is being treated as an outcast by her peers, but also by some of her school's administration. In an age when academia boasts 'inclusion' and 'diversity,' the school's admonishment of Madison's beliefs rather than of those who seek to exclude her is hypocritical and perilous to the practice of First Amendment rights on campus."
The goal of Ohio Right to Life's letter to President Drake and Dean Michaels is to arrange a meeting to discuss how students' rights can be secured on campus. According to Ms. Gesiotto, Dean Michaels and two other deans met with her in October, not to discuss the threat made against her, but to address the following:
• To critique the content of her article on the disparity in abortions among African Americans
• To recommend she remove from her online biography her position as a staff editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law
• To urge Ms. Gesiotto to participate in a “facilitated discussion” with those opposing her work
"The administration should know that it's alienating and potentially endangering a good percentage of its students, as roughly half of the country identifies as 'pro-life,'" said Gonidakis." Regardless of what a student believes, a taxpayer-funded institution like Ohio State must prioritize her right to express herself. These recent events should concern every parent and every OSU student who wants an education that fosters diversity in belief."
To read Ohio Right to Life's letter to The Ohio State University,
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.
OHIO RIGHT TO LIFE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
I find this appalling, especially in a college of law, where I would naturally think diversity and freedom of thought and speech would be cornerstones in their format, that the teaching of those ideals and rights would be a necessity. What kind of law are they teaching there?
Further, the safety of Madison on campus should be first and foremost of importance, not the content of her article. Afterall, if you choose an educational institution to attend, paying tens of thousands of dollars to do so, and can't feel safe there along with suppresion of your freedom of speech, then maybe you have picked the WRONG place to attend.
I WOULD NOT SEND MY CHILDREN TO OSU MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW!
Call and express your disgust:
Dean Allen Michaels - OSU Moritz College Of Law