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Strathclyde pro-life students protest after students´ association ban

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Pro-life students at Strathclyde University protested yesterday after their students´ association banned them from forming an official society affiliated with the union.

They had previously applied to the University of Strathclyde Students´ Association for funding but been denied on the grounds that only groups affiliated with the association were entitled to financial support.

USSA made the decision to impose a blanket ban on anti-choice groups at a recent meeting, the minutes of which said:

“Anti-choice groups actively use intimidation and fear tactics to harass people entering abortion clinics.

“The establishment of anti-choice groups would directly contravene equal opportunities policy by giving them a platform to harass students. This in turn violates their safe space.

“Allowing an anti-choice group to form would be a barrier to freedom, equality and body autonomy for those with uteruses on campus and therefore not only violate existing standing policy, but also act against the interests of a large amount of the student population.”

The group is protesting the decision on the grounds that it is a violation of freedom of speech, and have written to university officials asking them to intervene.

Christian activism website CitizenGo has launched a petition for the overturning of the ban, which has already reached several thousand signatures.

The decision has only served to reignite concerns that universities in the UK have become overly PC and are in danger of stifling students´ freedom of expression - with Oxford, Cardiff and East Anglia all having been at the centre of controversy in recent months.

Images by Businessschoolgrad2011 and StrathclydeGuy 




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