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Censored pro-life students hit the headlines

6 December 2016

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

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.

Jamie McGowan, a law student who is part of the group, said: "We believe life begins at fertilisation. 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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The bill, put forward by former justice minister David Ford, would legalise abortion for babies with life-limiting disabilities.

Liam Gibson, SPUC's representative in Northern Ireland, said: "Mr Ford has consistently tried to dehumanise seriously disabled babies by referring to them as 'FFAs' - fatal foetal abnormalities. If passed his Bill would institutionalise a lethal form of discrimination by stripping such children of the legal protection shown to other babies. It would soon lead to expectant mothers being pressured to abort disabled babies and eventually threaten the lives of all children judged to be imperfect."

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