Oxford students defeat motion seeking to ban pro-life stalls

(Catholic Herald UK) A student union motion, which threatened the presence of pro-life stalls at Oxford University’s Freshers’ Fairs, was narrowly defeated on Tuesday evening.

Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) galvanized support against a motion which said that the university should not provide a platform to any group which stood against “women’s right to choose.”

The motion, which raised concerns from students of pro-life persuasions and none, read: “OUSU resolves…Never to platform any group or organisation which provides directional advice around abortion or explicitly stands against women’s right to choose.”

Oxford Students for Life were made aware of the motion only 36 hours before a vote was due on Tuesday evening.

In a blog post on their website, Oxford Students for Life wrote: “Never to platform’ sounds rather like a no platform policy. ‘Stands against women’s right to choose’ is, needless to say, a euphemism for ‘defends the right to life of the unborn’. In other words, the OUSU motion, if passed, would ban us from anything involving OUSU. [more]


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