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Viral Video: UMich Students Walk Out During Anti-Abortion Doctor’s Speech

Viral Video: Several students at the University of Michigan Medical School walked out at the White Coat Ceremony on Sunday after an anti-abortion doctor took to the stage as the event’s keynote speaker.

A video is going viral on social media in which students walked out of the school’s ceremony as soon as Dr. Kristin Collier, an anti-abortion doctor, began her speech. The ceremony in question is the White Coat Ceremony, a formal event in which students are presented with white coats to mark their entry into the field of medicine. 

The snippet was shared on Twitter with the caption, “Incoming medical students walk out at University of Michigan’s white coat ceremony as the keynote speaker is openly anti-abortion.”

The video has received a lot of attention, with over 2.8 million views in less than 10 hours. The video now has 9 million views and over 400 thousand likes.

The walkout by students did not come as a surprise as over 340 students had signed a petition that was ignored, opposing the selection of Dr. Kristin Collier as the keynote speaker for the Ceremony. 

In addition to the incoming students, 72 community members including Michigan Medicine residents, physicians, graduate students, and alumni had also signed the petition.

According to a report by a local newspaper, the petition was signed on the basis that Dr. Collier has shared multiple anti-abortion views on social media and in interviews.

“While we support the rights of freedom of speech and religion, an anti-choice speaker as a representative of the University of Michigan undermines the University’s position on abortion and supports the non-universal, theology-rooted platform to restrict abortion access, an essential part of medical care,” the petition reads.

It asked the university to select a speaker “whose values align with institutional policies, students, and the broader medical community.” 

A report by National Review, however, said Dr. Marschall Runge, the school’s dean, did not agree to cancelling the invite, citing the “critical importance of diversity of personal thought and ideas, which is foundational to academic freedom and excellence.”

The university said Dr. Kristin Collier was selected by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her “medical qualifications,” stating that the White Coat Ceremony will not be used as a “forum to air personal political or religious beliefs.”

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