Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Censored Pro-Life Students Hit the Headlines

Students from Strathclyde Life Action say the ban violates
their right to free speech.

National Right to Life

Editor’s note. The University of Strathclyde is in Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. This post comes from our friends at SPUC–The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

Pro-life students at the University of Strathclyde have been making the media after their Students Union banned them from forming an official society

Strathclyde Life Action have been struggling for official recognition for two years, and the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) has now passed a motion banning “anti-choice groups,” saying that they harass students and violate their “safe space.”

The story has now been picked up by the BBC, the Times and other outlets. The Express ran with the headline University bans pro-life group as it would violate safe space of students with uteruses.

The issue also appeared on BBC Scotland News, where a sociologist and a former MP both deplored the rise of censorship on university campuses, and defended the pro-life society’s right to free speech.

Strathclyde Life Action said that the policy violated their right to free speech under the European Convention of Human Rights, and have vowed to fight the decision.
“We believe life begins at fertilization,” said Jamie McGowan, a law student who is part of the group. “That’s not a radical position and all we want is to be allowed to speak about it and have an opportunity to present an argument.” 

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