In one of the most bizarre college stunts ever, pro-choice students at Loyola University Chicago used a papaya to demonstrate how to perform an abortion.
The Students for Reproductive Justice (SRJ) even posted a video of the odd procedure — which involved the use of real medical tools and drew uneasy laughs among those attending — on Facebook.
The "abortion" on the mature, yellowish-green tropical fruit was led by a female Loyola medical student, according to the SRJ.
"The purpose of the papaya workshop is for students to learn about aspiration abortions, and to destigmatize abortion in general," the group said on its Facebook page.
"Abortion is a simple medical procedure. Up to 10 weeks, this procedure is very similar to sucking the seeds out of a papaya! We'll have another workshop like this next semester, so stay tuned for that!"
The unofficial campus group has long been pushing for "sexual and reproductive health" programs at Loyola.
This week it held a march to protest campus sexual assault and ask Loyola for access to abortion services and birth control — demands that put the group at odds with Catholic ideology.
Loyola, a private Catholic university founded in 1870 by the Jesuits and home to the renowned Loyola University Medical Center, has a student population of about 16,000.
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