Right to Life deplores the decision of the Auckland Students Association to disaffiliate a student’s group called Prolife Auckland. This is a serious violation of human rights. Our right to free speech is sacrosanct. It is what makes us truly human.
The graphic to the left shows the picture that was so offensive to the students. Right to Life asks what on earth is happening in our culture when a picture of an innocent and defenceless child in the womb is so offensive?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states; Article 19,
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Free speech is necessary for a democracy. It prevents government oppression and tyranny while permitting ideas to flow freely and uninhibited. It is important to keep free speech, from whatever source, unencumbered. The suppression of free speech could ultimately result in speech against the killing of the unborn being made unlawful and punished with a prison sentence.
The Human Rights Act 1990 section 14 protects freedom of speech, it reads; Freedom of expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.
It is only those who feel threatened by the truth who resort to the suppression of free speech.
Right to Life asks why there is a deafening silence from the media? They who have the privilege of serving our community should be the champions of freedom of speech.
Prolife Auckland co-president Jelena Middleton says the referendum to disaffiliate the club from the student union came out of the blue. This is the third attempt to disaffiliate the group since its establishment. Auckland University students have voted to abolish the Pro-life group. About 2700 students participated in an online referendum, which asked whether Auckland University Student’s Association (AUSA) should disaffiliate the Pro Life Club. About 1600 students voted in favour of the motion and about 1000 voted against. Auckland Students for Choice spokeswoman Justine Rose says Prolife Auckland is an “embarrassment” to the students’ association. The referendum also questioned whether clubs with a “similar ideology” should be banned from affiliating in the future.
Have we reached a point where a student body, comprised of persons who may well be future leaders of our nation, now reject freedom of speech and are intolerant of views with which they do not agree with? If so then we are now seeing a total about face in universities being at the forefront of defending the right to free speech. This bodes ill for the future.
We all have a duty to defend the weak and defenceless members of our community. It is a sad day for freedom and democracy when there is a concerted move to silence those who are committed to speaking up in defence of the right to life of unborn children. The unborn are the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. They also speak up in defence of women who are subject to the violence of abortion. The authentic feminist position is to oppose the exploitation, violence and abandonment inflicted on women by the violent killing of a child in the womb.
The Pro-life movement passionately opposes abortion but vigorously supports the freedom of speech enjoyed by those in the pro-abortion movement. That those of this ideology now appear unwilling to extend that freedom to those they disagree with is of significant concern.
Right to Life.