Recently The Statesman published an “advertising supplement” printed by the
Human Life Alliance (Issue 10, Thursday Oct 8 2009). The supplement is a magazine-like booklet promoting their anti-choice, abstinence-only-until-marriage agenda. TheStatesman has acknowledged some of the campus outrage prompted by the
advertising staff’s decision to run the booklet. However, we the undersigned feel that
further action is necessary. Upon examination, it is clear that a large portion of theinformation presented is false, sensational or misleading, and that the articles arealmost completely void of scientific or medical facts. In addition, many of thestatistics provided are skewed, misreported, and taken out of context. Not only is itdishonorable to disseminate such biased and sensational information, but it is potentially harmful to the health of its readers. It is particularly abhorrent to find astudent newspaper promoting junk science as reliable at Stony Brook, a highlyregarded research university. For this, and other reasons, the undersigned
asmembers of the campus community which funds The Statesman
request that TheStatesman agree to discontinue further printing of sensational, misleading, and potentially harmful advertisements that fly in the face of scientific research.
The Human Life Alliance is similar to a local organization
Life Center of Long Island
whose ads are alsoprinted on a weekly basis in The Statesman. Life Center is one of a vast network of crisis pregnancy centers(CPCs) which are largely funded through the heterosexist, unrealistic abstinence-only funding authorized by Congress in 2000 through the Community-Based Abstinence Education program. Life Center provides
based on the same biased and misleading information provide
d in the “I Care” pamphlet.
Recognizing the harm of these programs, New York State has rejected abstinence-only federalfunding for its public schools.
In addition, all of the services offered by CPCs are offered already on our campus
and on campusthey are available without religious proselytizing.
Life Center advertises weekly that it offers “pregnancy testing, information, counseling and assistance.”
Within our campus community, we as students and faculty have access to a range of health and counseling services. As part of the comprehensive medical care offered at
the Student Health Center, the Women’s Center offers a range of women’s health service
s including pregnancy testing and counseling. Both the University Counseling Center and the Center for Prevention andOutreach provide an open and free counseling resource for a variety of issues including sexual health,pregnancy and relationships. The Interfaith Center provides a spiritual resource for campus, representing themajor religious perspectives in our community, and students can receive religious counseling from clergy representing the faith of their choice, as opposed to the volunteers that staff CPCs.
As members of the campus community, we reject propaganda masquerading as evidence-basedresearch and respectfully request that as our campus newspaper, The Statesman refuse to run
potentially harmful advertisements that don’t stand up to the rigors of scientific standards