Anti-abortion club not welcome at Auckland University

NewsHub 29 August 2017
Auckland University students have voted to abolish an anti-abortion club from its student association.

About 2700 students participated in a week-long online referendum, which asked whether the Auckland University Student’s Association (AUSA) should disaffiliate the ProLife Club.

About 1600 students voted in favour of the motion.

In a post on the ProLife Facebook page, co-president Jelena Middleton says it was expressing legitimate views about abortion, peacefully, and the AUSA was punishing them because it didn’t agree with these views.

She called the disaffiliation “unjust and legally dubious”.

“What makes this even more frightening is that it is happening at one of this country’s largest universities – which should be a place where diversity of thought is not only tolerated, but also actively fostered and protected.”

Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie says the AUSA decision is a “disturbing continuation of attempts by both the state and now tertiary institutions to shut down free speech, debate and views”.

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