University of Michigan medical students walked out of their White Coat Ceremony in protest of the keynote speaker, Dr. Kristin Collier, simply because she is pro-life. Despite Dr. Collier having absolutely no intention of addressing the topic of abortion, the ignorant students had no interest in hearing from a highly-regarded medical professional who holds a different personal opinion than they do.
Although over 300 students, alumni, and physicians at the ultra-liberal university petitioned to remove Dr. Collier as the keynote speaker, she proceeded to take the stage at Sunday’s ceremony.
But the woke medical students didn’t give up. Some walked out in protest as she walked up for her speech, and others draped a banner inside the auditorium that said, “Bans Off Our Bodies. Abortion Rights Now.”
Despite Collier being a highly respected professor who has published articles in some of the most prestigious medical journals, many medical students still rejected the opportunity to learn from her simple because her personal views on abortion differed from their own.
Collier has been an esteemed faculty member at the University of Michigan Medical School since 2005, and considered herself a “pro-choice atheist” until just four years ago when open debate caused her to change her mind entirely on the issue.
It’s frightening that our future medical professionals have been conditioned to reject anyone whose beliefs do not directly mimic their own.
However, in a move that’s uncharacteristic of today’s university administrators, Dean Marschall Runge defended the decision to keep Dr. Collier as the keynote speaker despite protests, saying that the school “would not revoke a speaker because they have different personal ideas than others.”
“The White Coat Ceremony is not a platform for discussion of controversial issues, and Dr. Collier never planned to address a divisive topic as part of her remarks,” said Runge. “Our values speak about honoring the critical importance of diversity of personal thought and ideas, which is foundational to academic freedom and excellence.”
Another professor at the medical school, Dr. William Chavey, spoke out in defense of Dr. Collier. Chavey criticized the students who protested at the ceremony, saying “I suspect that the people who signed it don’t know Dr. Collier. She’s obviously been valued for her clinical skills, her educational skills, and her scholarship. To criticize or demean her for her opinion is narrow-minded and inappropriate.”