John Carpay of the Canadian Justice Foundation, a group which defends freedom of speech, has been providing legal help to the students. He said the move by the university seems to be an attempt to intimidate and appears to be in retaliation to the trespassing charges being dropped. “Bullying? Absolutely,” Carpay said. “These students are being singled out because of their viewpoint for setting up a peaceful, passive display on campus which has been set up there several times since 2006 and it’s always been without incident.”
Ottawa Students for Life, the University of Ottawa’s pro-life club, invites you to attend a debate on the morality of abortion taking place on Friday February 27th at 7:30 p.m. in room 026 of the Arts Building (70 Laurier Ave. East). Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and renowned pro-life speaker will be defending the pro-life position, while Dr. Andrew Sneddon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, will defend the pro-choice position. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free. No RVSP is required. For more information contact
…Unpopular viewpoints do. You will never be called to stand up and defend the right to publish a new spice cookie recipe. (ooh!) Or tell someone how great they look in fuchsia.
How the University of Calgary gets off thinking they can punish students for doing, well, what students do–is beyond me.
The University of Calgary is threatening the campus pro-life group with suspension or expulsion unless they turn their GAP signs inward.
Abortion is fine by everyone in our society–so long as they never see it. For some, it is upon encountering the brutal reality of abortion visually that they realize how wrong it is.
That was my case. I was already pro-life yes, but not doing anything. A friend ignited a sense of injustice in me through her talk combined with an abortion video.
There’s lots of killing that goes on in this world, yes. Many wars are fought and they aren’t just. But injustice is particularly evident when we see a fetus being dismembered firsthand. If you can’t watch this, if you can’t look at the photo–then you can’t defend abortion.
The University of Calgary would prefer you don’t see what happens in abortion.
They say students have complained because they are offended.
Of course they are offended. I’m offended almost everytime I’m on campus. Student groups can show photos of any and all kinds: It’s only when it comes to abortion that they get kicked off campus, or told the photos are too large. Or too graphic. Or need to be turned inwards.
Speak out against the double standard. Next time could be your cause.
The UofC campus life group is going to go ahead with a GAP display on November 26 and 27.
The real problem is ripping their bodies apart in what should be a safe place — their mothers’ wombs. Morgentaler’s award is simply a symptom of a more deeply rooted crisis. …
Across a period of four decades, more than 2.8 million human beings have been killed because of an assumption — that they were not human.
Case in point: Morgentaler claims abortion is safer, but to be accurate he must assume that the unborn aren’t human (because killing them certainly isn’t safe for them!). Morgentaler also claims abortion has decreased the crime rate — which may carry some weight if one doesn’t consider killing defenceless human beings a crime.
And so, because of one major assumption, abortion becomes legal and an abortionist gets an award. And as it turns out, the assumption is wrong.
The question: Is abortion a woman’s right or a moral wrong?
The date: Wednesday, March 19th, 7-9 pm
The place: 103 Steacie Building, Carleton University, Ottawa
Stephanie Gray from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform will represent the pro-life side and the Carleton Debate Society will present the pro-choice side. Guess the ladies of Planned Parenthood called uncle after the last round against Jojo Ruba in December 2006. Now I think this debate will go ahead: The student union can hardly afford to cancel it, given all the negative publicity York U just received.
Still, our friendly totalitarian, Kelly Holloway of the York University Student Centre is busy justifying just how and why she shut down the abortion debate at York in the Ottawa Citizen today. Read all about it! here…
Véronique adds: Read the letter. I’d hate to see what an un-friendly totalitarian sounds like.
My question is if the student union is not accountable – specifically – to conservative pundits, are they accountable to liberal pundits?
If moral considerations pertaining to abortion are personal, what makes yours righter than mine?
What makes an “entitlement” to an environment free of harassment and intimidation weightier than a right – a Charter right I must add – to freedom of expression?
I don’t need an answer today…
Tanya adds: Kelly Holloway says,”York University can make its own decisions and, if the York University president wishes to host a debate organized by these anti-choice campaigners, the university will have to take responsibility for that.”
I’m happy to see they are attempting in some way to show students there are responsibilities to be accepted for choices made. Does anyone else think they may be nullifying this lesson just a tad by advocating for consequence-free sex?