Letter to the Editor: Chalk Wars


Classless. This is the first word that popped into my head when I walked out of my class at the Leadership Studies Building yesterday and saw in big writing a message that told Planned Parenthood to go “fund” itself. For most people who saw the writing, I believe the message and rude meaning was clear.

Then today as I read The Collegian I found out it was the College Republicans group responsible for the chalking. I wasn’t shocked really, but disappointed that this organization chose to spread their hateful message in such a way.

When this message was plastered on campus, the attack was clear on Planned Parenthood and women’s health. This organization has stood for women’s health and well-being for over 100 years, and now with the heavily edited videos that surfaced recently they are in real danger. They are in danger to lose the opportunity to provide health care for women all across the country who may otherwise not have access. According to a Kansas City Star article published yesterday, they reemphasized the important fact that abortions only account for 3 percent of the important work Planned Parenthood does all across our country.

Defunding this organization and emphasizing and praising this attempt by an organization on our campus is discouraging. Seeing the College Republicans at Kansas State University go around and plaster this message is something that is dangerous and careless for any organization here on campus.

To leave you, I want you to really read the words of Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and think hard about what she is saying:

“Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s? Or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s healthcare centers.”

Ryan Haxton, KSU Student