Who is Dr. Kristin Collier? University of Michigan medical students walk out of pro-life speaker’s keynote address

Several children and their parents can be seen on camera leaving the auditorium as Dr. Kristin Collier takes the stage.


After an earlier petition to have the keynote speaker removed failed, many new medical students at the University of Michigan left the speech.

Several dozen people rose up from their chairs and made their way toward the auditorium doors shortly after Dr. Kristin Collier, a pro-life assistant professor of medicine at UMMS, addressed the new students during their White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, according to a video of the event.


On Twitter, a video showing the walkout soon garnered over 200K likes.

Although it was not anticipated that Collier’s address would center on abortion, several students petitioned the school weeks in advance to have her removed as the keynote speaker due to her sympathy for the unborn.

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Who is Dr. Kristin Collier?

Collier began her remarks by saying, “I want to acknowledge the terrible wounds our community has felt over the past several weeks,” which might have been a subliminal allusion to the debate surrounding the protest or the Roe v. Wade decision by the US Supreme Court.

She continued, “We have a great deal of work to do before healing can take place,” according to the National Review. “And I hope that for today, for this time, we can concentrate on what matters most: joining together to assist our recently accepted students and their families with the aim of formally accrediting them for one of the greatest vocations that this world has to offer.”

Students dressed in white coats for the medical profession joined several parents in the protesting group. The White Coat Pledge and the Hippocratic Oath were taken during the initiation ceremony by 168 new medical students, according to the institution.

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The petition to dismiss Collier—who also serves as the program’s director—was ultimately rejected by the university’s dean, Dr. Marschall Runge.

The report states that in making his choice, he stressed the “essential necessity of diversity of human thinking and ideas, which is foundational to academic freedom and excellence.”

The students demonstrated their disagreement of his choice on Sunday through their activities.

The report claims that during her keynote address, Dr. Collier avoided discussing abortion, Roe v. Wade, or any other political subject. She merely gave parents and students information on what to anticipate when they start their careers in the healthcare industry.

Collier thanked her fans for their encouragement and assistance in helping her get ready for the speech prior to the event.

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Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach at the University of Michigan, received criticism for his pro-life opinions after expressing them at a Right to Life event.

According to Detroit Catholic, he stated, “I believe in having the guts to allow the unborn be born.” “I adore living. I think it’s important to respect and love both life and death. These views in myself are motivated by both my science and my faith. Jeremiah says, “I knew you before I made you in the womb. I distinguished you before you were even born. You are my chosen prophet to the nations.”

Abortion is still legal in the state, hence Michigan Medicine, the academic and medical facility owned by the University of Michigan, continues to offer these services.