University of Calgary Pro-Lifers Hold Abortion Display Despite Free Speech Denial
by Steven Ertelt
September 24, 2009
Calgary, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The members of the Campus Pro-Life group at the University of Calgary aren’t letting a little thing like charges of criminally trespassing on their own campus stop them from speaking out against abortion. They are putting together a new pro-life display despite an expected court appearance in weeks.
Six University of Calgary students pleaded not guilty in March to the bogus trespassing charges.
They were arrested in February and charged after they set up a pro-life display college officials initially allowed but said they didn’t want shown.
When UC officials warned members of Campus Pro-Life that they had to restrict their own pro-life display, the students refused to comply.
Now, the pro-life students are back with their graphic display on campus even though university officials have infringed on their free speech rights and told them to take them down. They have also threatened the students with non-academic misconduct procedures.
"We are innocent until proven guilty, so we have every right to be here," the pro-life group’s president, biology student Leah Hallman, told the Calgary Herald. "If we didn’t do this, we would be consenting that we are doing something wrong, and then who would be here to speak for the unborn?"
The trial is set for November 4 and, until then, the University of Calgary has said the students can’t set up the abortion display, but officials will not forcibly remove it.
"The university reiterates that it will not seek to physically remove the group or its signs," a statement it released says. "This action would elevate the risk of confrontation and give the organization the publicity it is seeking. The university is working to have this issue resolved in an appropriate manner."
Hallman said previously that, "We have a right to freedom of speech in Canada, and the university has acknowledged that we have the right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom in the past."
"I am not too sure why they changed their minds. I think it’s because of the nature of the signs, because the signs show abortion for what abortion is," she added about what happened.
Earlier this year, the University of Calgary Students’ Union revoked the pro-life club’s official status.
Related web sites:
Campus Pro-Life – https://www.myasoftware.com/~cpl
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