U.S. and Canadian students rally behind Carleton pro-life group

  • November 19, 2010

arrest careltonOTTAWA (CCN)—National pro-life student associations in the United States and Canada have thrown their support behind Carleton Lifeline, a pro-life group facing discrimination on the Carleton University campus in Ottawa.

Carleton University’s pro-life club was told earlier this week that it must become pro-choice if it wants to receive student union funding and recognition on campus (read full story).

Students for Life of America (SFLA) and National Campus Life Network (NCLN) launched StandWithCarleton.com as a sign of solidarity with the Lifeline, which has been decertified by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA).  That means the pro-life club has lost access to funds from compulsory student dues as well as the recognition that allows them to use public spaces on campus for meetings and publicity.

“I am excited to launch this new site so that we can raise awareness about the situation at Carleton University and to also show our support for Carleton Lifeline’s courageous pro-life work,” said SFLA executive director Kristan Hawkins in a joint news release with NCLN. “Pro-life students in America and around the world stand in solidarity with the Carleton pro-life students today.”

“Canadian pro-life students have faced numerous instances of discrimination and censorship,” said NCLN executive director Rebecca Richmond. “Given the nature of the situation at Carleton, we are grateful for the support and the awareness that Students for Life of America is bringing to this issue.”

The website shows a picture of LifeLine president Ruth Lobo in handcuffs after she and four other students were arrested in October for trying to exhibit a pro-life display on the Carleton Campus.

“On November 15th, Carleton LifeLine (the pro-life student group at Carleton) was notified that the school Student Association will be decertifying the group on November 18th unless they renounce the pro-life beliefs expressed in their group constitution,” the website said, citing CUSA’s “Discrimination on Campus “ policy, which upholds “a woman’s right to choose.”

“If Carleton LifeLine loses their official group status, it would be a significant loss and could stop their pro-life activism and education as LifeLine would not be allowed to hold any public events or meetings on campus,” the website says. “For student pro-lifers, being on campus is fundamental to their mission of educating other students about abortion and helping women facing unplanned pregnancies.”

The site has a petition form, advice on how to take action in support of Lifeline and information on how to donate to support its legal campaign.

NCLN is the umbrella organization for Canadian university pro-life clubs like Lifeline, providing them with support, networking opportunities and pro-life educational information.

SFLA is a resource organization for students from  high school age to graduate school, representing 532 pro-life groups in 48 states.



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