We Must Help Pro-Life Students Facing Arrest, Discrimination

International   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Nov 22, 2010   |   8:33PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Thank you to everyone who sent a Thank You Note to the four pro-life student members of Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) pro-life group, Lifeline, who were arrested on October 4th for conducting a peaceful pro-life demonstration on campus.

As you know, the students were arrested for holding graphic signs of aborted children in the public “quad” on campus. Soon after the arrests I did an interview with Ruth Lobo, the president of the group. Listen to it here.

Now, these brave students need your help once more.

Two weeks ago, Carleton Lifeline (the pro-life student group at Carleton) was notified that the school Student Association would be decertifying the group in less than a week, on November 18th, unless they renounced the pro-life beliefs expressed in their group constitution. The Carleton University Student Association (CUSA) is using the school’s “Discrimination on Campus “ policy, which upholds “a woman’s right to choose” to justify discriminating against the pro-life student group.

If Carleton Lifeline loses their official group status, it will be a significant loss and will hinder their activities on campus by denying them the student space, resources, and funding all other student clubs have access to.

For student pro-lifers, being on campus is fundamental to the mission of educating other students about abortion and helping women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Today, whether you are American or Canadian, will you take a few moments to stand with Carleton Lifeline?

ACTION 1: Add your name to our petition protesting Carleton University’s discrimination against pro-life students here: www.standwithcarleton.com

ACTION 2: Call and e-mail Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton, and tell her to stop the discrimination against pro-life students. Her office phone is 613 520-3801, and her e-mail is: [email protected].

ACTION 3: Next, please DONATE to the Carleton University Lifeline group. They need help to pay their attorney fees and launch new educational projects on campus. Just $5 would help this group! Please know, 100% of all funds will be donated directly to Carleton University Lifeline and all American donations are tax-deductible. 

ACTION 4: Get More Info: Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for Canadian pro-life groups to face discrimination and censorship on their university campuses. A number of groups have fought for the right to exist on campus and for fair and equal treatment from their student unions and administrations. For more info on the challenges Canadian students face and on Canadian campus pro-life activism in general, visit the National Campus Life Network’s website:

Thank you for all that you do everyday to save lives and help women.