Georgetown Clubs Clash Via Open Letters

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There is no foreseeable end to the long time tension between H*yas for Choice (HFC) and Georgetown Right to Life (RTL), Georgetown’s pro-choice club and pro-life club respectively.

Over the years there have been protests, denouncing, open letters, and generally little cooperation between the two clubs. However every year, an attempt is made to find some sort of common ground.

This year, HFC published on open letter on their website, which they linked to on Facebook. They posted a short introduction reading:

The H*yas for Choice board, over the past several years, has repeatedly been asked why we continually decline to collaborate with Georgetown’s anti-choice group, Georgetown Right to Life for on-campus events. After receiving another request for co-sponsorship this week, HFC co-presidents Annie Mason and Michaela Lewis in agreement and solidarity with our organization’s Advocacy Team authored this response, explaining HFC’s commitment to resisting the racist, sexist, classist, homophobic and transphobic actions of the anti-choice movement.

The post received a lot of attention on Facebook over the first 23 hours. As of 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, the piece had 140 like, 52 love, 7 sad, and 6 angry reactions for a grand total of 250 reactions. The comments sparked much debate amongst those that either supported H*yas for Choice and those that argued the post was overly negative.

Georgetown Right to Life responded this afternoon with a published letter of their own. They included a snippet of their letter on Facebook, reading:

“We at Georgetown Right to Life, like you, want what is best for women, best for our society, and best for children. We, like you, seek to bridge the gap of inequality between different cross-sections of our country. We, like you, want a more just and fair society.”

GURTL sent an email to H*yas for Choice again this year in hopes of reconciling the tension between the two organizations and finding common ground. HFC sent an email in response on September 20, 2017, which they posted on their website and which prompted the attached reply from GURTL.

RTL’s post garnered a total of 52 reactions in the initial nine hours – 42 likes and 14 loves. So far, there have not been any debates in the comments.

Disclaimer: Reporter, Gabriella Muñoz, was on the RTL board from her freshman to her junior year. This post has been reviewed before publication by members of the Georgetown Review not affiliated with either club.