As a Canadian, this news saddens me deeply:
In response to a series of controversies over abortion debates on Canadian campuses, the student government of York University in Toronto has tabled an outright ban on student clubs that are opposed to abortion.
Gilary Massa, vice-president external of the York Federation of Students, said student clubs will be free to discuss abortion in student space, as long as they do it "within a pro-choice realm," and that all clubs will be investigated to ensure compliance. [Source: National Post]
Apparently everyone has the right to free speech … as long as it's not the "wrong" speech. (See the link above for the full story of how this happened and the school administration's response; Hat tip to the STR blog for noting this article.)
I've posted on abortion before, though it's important to note that my objections to abortion are not due to "religious" reasons. The case against abortion (although of course also mandated biblically) is based on logic, science, and shared "common ground". Unfortunately, the arguments in favor of the pro-life view often get lost during emotionally-charged debates on the subject.
For anyone who is interested in pro-life issues, two great websites are:
And two highly recommended books on the subject are:
- Pro-Life 101 A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively by Scott Klusendorf
- Common Ground Without Compromise by Stephen Wagner
This is not a trivial topic: Over one million abortions occur each month. This is 15x the number which perish from all STDs combined including HIV/AIDS. Something to think about, anyways … though not at York University, and perhaps soon not anywhere else in Canada either? From the same article:
Meanwhile, similar controversies are unfolding across Canada, with anti-abortion groups at Capilano College, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Lakehead University and Carleton University stripped of official club status and funding, at least once by fiat of a single member of student council. Some clubs have regained status, while others appealed their cases to human rights commissions.