Sunday, February 6, 2011

Freedom of speech rights quashed at Carleton University

Carleton University's student association is just one more student union in a long line of student organizations across Canada to suppress freedom of speech rights of pro-life campus groups.

According to CTV, the Carleton Lifeline pro-life club was told their constitution conflicts with the association's discrimination on campus policy that reads:
"any campaign, distribution, solicitation, lobbying effort, display, event etc. that seeks to limit or remove a woman's right to choose her options in the case of pregnancy will not be supported."

This is illogical. How does promoting life and being against abortion in any way "limit or remove a woman's right to choose" abortion? It doesn't. Women can still have an abortion in Canada any time, for any reason, for no reason, all paid for by the taxpayer. Nope, no abortion limiting here.

Sounds to me like CUSA is getting the heebie jeebies. I think they're worried that maybe some women who see these abortion depictions might "choose" to change their mind on abortion. This makes CUSA very nervous.

The continual restriction of freedom of speech rights should not come as a surprise to anyone. We already aren't allowed to discuss or debate the willful destruction of human life in Parliament. University campuses are simply the next logical place down the slippery suppression slope of freedom of expression rights.

Ironically, these are the very two places where democracy should be most practiced, demonstrated and celebrated.

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