On Oct 16, Live Action News wrote about a pro-life student organization at Oxford University that attempted to display a booth at the university’s Freshers’ Fair, a forum for student-run clubs. Members of Oxford Students for Life intended to spread the pro-life message and let students know about their club. However, pro-abortion students vandalized their display, dismantling the booth and throwing the group’s property in the garbage.
Security stopped the unruly students, but the pro-abortion students only agreed to disperse when security officers promised them the pro-life group’s booth would stay down. Because of this, the pro-lifers were unable to participate in the fair.
The incident is similar to something that happened in 2019 at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Another student pro-life group, the Strathclyde Students for Life Society, had a booth at the Strathclyde Freshers’ Fair. They too were forced to dismantle their booth.
In that case, it wasn’t pro-abortion protesters but the student union that forced the group to remove their stall of literature. Members of the student union claimed that “the material exhibited by the Strathclyde Students for Life Society on Tuesday was too graphic and breached their safe-space policies.”
The student union objected to posters, leaflets, and bookmarks which featured a logo of a preborn baby and the words “Life Is Precious.” It was this logo, a simple drawing, that the pro-abortion student union considered unsafe:
In this case, the material considered “too graphic” wasn’t a photograph or a depiction of an aborted baby, but a simple line drawing of a preborn child.
Catherine Deighan, 18, the president of the pro-life group, stated:
We have been entirely discriminated against and censored.
Receiving that policy was very intimidating, given that we recognized the names of those who had approved it and they are extremely hostile to our view.
A staff member pointed at our logo and said it was graphic and had to go. The attention it caused was very embarrassing.
Pro-abortion censorship and intolerance of the pro-life position seem common on college campuses in the United Kingdom. It also exists in the United States, where pro-abortion activists have attempted to disrupt pro-life events.
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