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At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.

‘Pro-life’ is the Wrong Phrase [Opinion]

Conservatives can’t call themselves ‘pro-life’ if they only fight abortion – but open doors to gun violence.
Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash
An activist holds a sign using the phrase “pro-life” outside the United States Supreme Court.

Activists first introduced the phrase “pro-life” to American society in 1973. In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, the landmark court case that legalized abortion in all 50 states, anti-abortion movements used the phrase to highlight their push for fetal protection.

The phrase is now used so prolifically, it has become synonymous with anti-abortion movements. Many who support the restriction of abortion rights in the US refer to themselves as “pro-lifers.” 

“People who oppose abortion often call themselves pro-life. However, the only life many of them are concerned with is the life of the fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus,” wrote abortion-access advocacy group Planned Parenthood, in a 2019 “Ask the Experts” column.

There is little to no regard for the life of those with uteruses. By focusing on fetal protection, “pro-life” movements minimize the role mothers play in abortion debates. This disconnection of a mother’s role is anti-feminist. I think it is appalling that members of our country hold so little regard for female autonomy.

And I believe everyone should have the right to an abortion. People with uteruses are full people, worthy of equal respect and protection under the law. There is no question. There is no nuance. It is simply unacceptable that our country refuses to treat women as equal to men, and as full citizens worthy of the rights to their being.

But the even bigger outrage is the hypocrisy I see in “pro-lifers’ ” political opinions.

Because the phrase “pro-life” is used mostly in conservative circles – circles where, historically, access to guns has been a high political priority. In a country with a record-setting degree of gun violence, calling oneself “pro-life” while supporting expanded access to guns is inherently hypocritical.

You can not be pro-gun and “pro-life.” It is a contradiction in terms. 

In the US, examples of this ideological contradiction abound. A dramatic one is Texas.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, in 2021, Senate Bill 8 was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. This law made it illegal to get an abortion after six weeks of gestation – even in cases of rape or incest.

Then, on August 25th, 2022, House Bill 128 took effect. This law criminalizes the provision of abortions at all stages of pregnancy. Together, the two laws make it illegal to receive an abortion – except in rare cases when the health of the mother is gravely impacted. 

Meanwhile, gun laws in Texas are very loose. In May 2022, in Uvalde, TX, 19 students and two teachers were killed in a shooting involving legally purchased weapons. According to the Washington Post, Texans have been able to buy this class of weapons for the past 60 years. 

Uvalde is one of four mass shootings in Texas with 10 or more fatalities since 2017. In recent years, the state has loosened gun restrictions, including the authorization for residents to carry handguns without licensing or training. 

The state has also passed several “school safety” measures, such as increasing law enforcement and arming school personnel. Because the best way to put out a fire is by pouring more gasoline into the flames? Such “school safety” methods proved unsuccessful in Uvalde. 

The bottom line is that Texas allows for prolific gun access, enabling mass killings like the one in Uvalde. This same state claims, under law, to be deeply “pro-life.” 

“Pro-lifers” spend so much time concerned with the sanctity of life before birth. Guns are designed as deadly weapons, . To me, it is incomprehensible that a person could be both “pro-life” and pro-gun.

Being “pro-life” to undermine female autonomy is not being truly pro-life. Refusing to pass stricter gun laws when children are dying at gunpoint is not truly pro-life.

We live in a pluralistic society, where we value diversity of opinion. But we cannot live in a society where ideological hypocrisy is perpetuated.

Especially when it’s a matter of life and death. 

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Chandler Grace Abernathy
Chandler Grace, class of '23, is a writer for the Quill. She plays soccer, is a member of the One Love club on campus, and is pursuing a Scholars Certificate in Public Health. Chandler Grace loves to cook, listen to music, hike, and spend time with friends. Post-grad, she hopes to become a doctor.
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