Winthrop students organize anti-abortion display

Winthrop students organize anti-abortion display

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 8:18 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Thousands of flags lined the green at Winthrop University. It's an anti abortion campaign, some students say it's freedom of speech, but others say it's not appropriate for a college campus.

"It was really surprising, 18,000 abortions per flag, that's a lot, I didn't know the numbers were so high it was really shocking," said freshman Victoria Evans.

Three-thousand flags, each representing nearly 19,000 abortions line the greenway in front of Winthrop's student center for an anti-abortion campaign.

Some students appreciate the freedom of speech.

"I think it's nice they're showing different aspects of the campaign because sometimes people don't like to talk about such strong issues," said pro-life student, Shelby Peay.

Other students say a college campus is not the appropriate place for a strong display such as this.

"It being here right in front of our student center so everybody has to come by it, and if you see a thousand flags you're going to wonder what these flags represent"

And pro-choice students say they represent placing guilt on women.

"It kinda shames everyone who ever had an abortion; It kinda upsets me because yeah, we have a lot of abortions, but it should be their choice and shouldn't publicize it like this,"

But supporters say it's freedom of speech and has a great impact.

"I don't see it that way; I just see it as someone's trying to put a lot of work into something they  believe in so I credit the work that goes into it," said Evans.

The flag display was organized by the student Republican group. The university says they did not organize or take a position on the campaign.

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