Still, the antiabortion movement is strong at BC, with at least three groups dedicated to the cause. Last week was dubbed ''Respect Life Week," during which students held a series of antiabortion vigils.
But Christopher Hunker -- managing editor of the Boston College Observer, the conservative student paper, who attended the panel -- said the discussion itself was flawed, because the panel was comprised solely of abortion rights supporters. ''I think dialogue is important," Hunker said. ''But I think balanced discussion is more important. This was merely a preaching to the choir."