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Students defy pro-abortion motion

By on Thursday, 16 February 2012

Students at University College London will defy a student union motion which forces student groups to invite pro-abortion advocates to pro-life talks.

Earlier this month the student union endorsed a motion which officially affiliated the union with Abortion Rights and said that societies, such as the Catholic Society, must invite pro-abortion speakers to future pro-life discussions.

However, Catholics, Jews and Sikhs will defy the motion arguing that it is illegal for the union to dictate who students should and should not invite to their discussions.

In a letter to the University’s Union’s Board of Trustees, co-signed by a cross-section of students, its authors state:

“The union has no right or power to dictate which speakers are invited by student organisations, or to impose conditions on the inviting of speakers with certain views on abortion. Any attempt to do so would contravene s43 of the Education (No 2) Act 1986 and the European Convention of Human Rights Articles 9, 10 and 11.

“The union has no right or authority to categorise speakers as “pro-life” or “pro-choice” or “anti-choice” as is required by the terms of the resolution. These are subjective terms and the speakers themselves may well disagree with the categorisation. Since the Union cannot categorise speakers it is therefore impossible for it to implement the resolution.”

They conclude that any attempt by the Union and the University to enforce the motion will undoubtedly result in a legal challenge.

The letter was copied to the Union chair and the university itself.

The students have so far received no response from the Union but the university has given assurances to students that it will not be involved with the motion at all and it will allow any society to invite pro-life speakers to events that they are hosting.

  • ms Catholic state

    Well done to the pro-life students.  That’s the spirit!!

  • Jerome MacQueen

    I heard about this recently from my brother who is at Bristol Uni who have done something similar. The Church thrives on persecution and I’m sure this attempt to ‘force’ the CathSoc into a corner will do the opposite of what it intends!

  • Ohio reader

    Great news.

  • Charles Martel

    One in the eye for the tin-pot Trotskyites!

  • buckingham88

    Saw a comment in another context describing “an island of totalitarianism in a sea of freedom”.It would be a pity if the College gained this epithet as its byline.

  • Stephen

    Tell them to exactly where to stick their speakers.Surely Priests should be required to attend socialist and atheist event?Maybe a few BNP members for get togethers of Asian students?

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  • Anon

    It’s “pro-choice” not “pro-abortion”.

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