Activist students at Westminster College, a private liberal arts school in Salt Lake City, Utah, riled some students and pro-life advocates when they held a “Condom Fashion Show” featuring outfits partially made from condoms and swag promoting abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
“I’m fine with whatever sort of events clubs and organizations plan on doing," Westminster College student Ryan Kruger told Campus Reform. "However, a condom fashion show just seems like a little much. We could be spending our time doing something more productive, but that is just my two cents."
The event was hosted by Students United for Reproductive Freedom, a group that was criticized by Pro-Life Utah for promoting “dangerous sex practices” to youth.
“Students United for Reproductive Freedom at Westminster College (which partners with [and is] partly funded by #PlannedParenthoodUtah) hosted a Condom Fashion show. These organizations push dangerous sex practices on young people,” the organization noted in a tweet about the Nov. 14. event.
The student group insists on the college’s website that they are simply fighting for abortion rights.
“We are a student group at Westminster College working to involve students to become empowered in their reproductive health choices and local government. Working in conjunction with the Planned Parenthood Action Council, we believe in the fundamental rights of every individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, national origin, disability, or residence,” a description says.
At the Nov. 14 condom fashion show, however, the group reportedly hosted performances by drag artists, Terra Flesh and Harlot, who consider themselves part of the “drag community." SURF also reportedly held a raffle to give out “Planned Parenthood swag” and sex toys.
Maggie Regier, 21, vice president of Westminster’s student government, Associated Students of Westminster, gave a presentation about various sexual pleasure zones, noting that “nipples are for everyone," “buttholes might be magic," and “the clitoris is key.”
Pro-Life Utah Community Outreach Coordinator Katherine Bright told Campus Reform that they were working to counter the work of such groups on campus with more Students for Life Clubs.
“Pro-Life Utah is working to create Students for Life clubs as a way to counter [SURF]. We feel it is important to expose it, especially its explicit connection to Planned Parenthood,” Bright said.