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UC–Davis Volunteers Offer ‘Mind Spa Services’ for Students ‘Triggered’ by Pro-Life Display

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"Umbrella escorts" were also recruited.

The Women’s Resource and Research Center at the University of California–Davis recruited volunteers to offer “mind spa services” and umbrella escorting to help pro-choice students handle the existence a pro-life demonstration on campus.

“We are calling for volunteers to help make signs, hold content warning information signs, hand out Report Hate and Bias information cards, provide umbrella escorts for community members, and to help facilitate self-care activities/space,” the WRRC announced in an email, which was later reposted on the group’s Facebook page.

“Community Advising Network (CAN) Counselors will be available on Monday 2/29 (12-1pm) and Tuesday 3/1 (11-12:30pm) on the North Hall Front Porch,” it continued. “Mind Spa Peer Counselors will also provide empathetic listening, support, and access to Mind Spa Services on the first floor of North Hall.”

This is, quite frankly, ridiculous. I’m socially liberal, yet am somehow completely capable of being around others who are socially conservative without needing a feminist carrying an umbrella to escort me to some kind of hippie “mind spa.”

According the the group’s statement, however, these resources are necessary because even though the so-called “graphic images” sometimes displayed by pro-life protesters are “within their first amendment rights,” they “sometimes don’t promote the most positive campus climate.”

Um. You know what else is “sometimes” not “the most positive . . . climate?” The world. And believe it or not, kids — and by “kids,” by the way, I mean “people who act like kids despite the fact that they’re legally adults” — life is full of things that are going to make you uncomfortable. You know what it’s not full of? Umbrella escorts and “mind spa services” for every time you encounter one of them. That’s why it’s important to have the skills to deal with it on your own, and the only way to know how to do so is to learn through experience.

Social-justice efforts like this one are often seen as “compassionate” efforts, but they’re not. All these volunteers are doing is preventing the people they claim to be protecting from developing the skills that they will need to handle life’s difficulties. Ultimately, they’re not saving them from pain, but assuring that they will have much more of it in the future.

Oh, and speaking of compassion, it seems like at least one of the pro-choice attendees was less than respectful — a video posted on Campus Reform shows one of them pushing a stack of pro-life materials off of a table.  

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.

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