Abortion Debate Cancelled by York University Student Union

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2008
Abortion Debate Cancelled by York University Student UnionThe York University Student Centre shut down an event entitled “Abortion Debate: A Woman’s Right or a Moral Wrong?” at York University only a couple of hours before it was scheduled to take place late Thursday afternoon.

Margaret Fung, President of Students for Bioethical Awareness (SBA), one of the hosting clubs, describes what happened: “I was told in a meeting by members of the York Federation of Students that debating abortion is comparable to debating whether a man should be allowed to beat his wife. They said that there is freedom of speech to a limit, and that abortion is not an issue to debate. They demanded that the event not take place and shut us down.”

Present at this meeting in addition to Fung were Jeremy Salter, Executive Director of the York Federation of Students (YFS), Fuad Abdi, VP Operations of the YFS and also the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Student Centre, and Amir Mohareb, President of the York Debating Society.

SBA, an official York University Student Club, worked with the York Debating Society to organize the debate. The debaters were Michael Payton from Freethinkers, Skeptics and Atheists at York for the pro-choice side and Jose Ruba from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Awareness for the pro-life side. It was to be an organized debate moderated by the York Debating Society. Both sides were ready and willing to debate, but after it was demanded the event be shut down, dozens of students planning on attending the event were turned away at the door.

Commenting on her feelings about what took place, Fung continues, “The Student Centre has made sure that anyone with different views than theirs can’t express themselves, even if both points of view are represented. They don’t seem to understand that we live in a free, democratic society. A university is supposed to be a marketplace of ideas not a propaganda machine for political extremists.”

This action at York University comes in the wake of statements by the Canadian Federation of Students (of which the YFS is a part) comparing pro-life student groups to the KKK, and announcing their intention to support student unions who ban pro-life student clubs. “Salter also compared pro-lifers to the KKK,” concludes Fung, “And such comparisons are incredibly ignorant and, quite frankly, hurtful”.

For more information, please contact:
Margaret Fung, Co-President, Students for Bioethical Awareness: (416)650-8870, mfung08@schulich.yorku.ca
Maria Smolkova, Co-President, Students for Bioethical Awareness: (647)654-6023, marienka@yorku.ca

The Leftist brownshirts no doubt think they have won a major “victory” in suppressing free speech about abortion.  But the only thing they have shown us is that abortion is on the way out. Once you cannot intellectually defend your position but must resort to the jackboot to achieve some sort of perverse “victory” for your side, it’s only a matter of time before public opinion against not only your tactics but your position itself begins to turn.

This is a very promising sign for pro-lifers.  It shows that there is a recognition that abortion simply cannot be defended in a debate and the pro-aborts must call in the union thugs to ensure darkness prevails on Canadian campuses.

Canadian universities have become nothing more than whores for the abortion lobby.


5 thoughts on “Abortion Debate Cancelled by York University Student Union

  1. Of course abortion can’t be defended anymore at York University or anywhere else. I am one of the directors of The Surrey/Delta pro-life Society, and The B.C. Parents and Teachers For Life, where professor Tom Landers and the other directors introduced me to the work of MD. Dr.Bernard Nathanson.

    M D. Dr. Bernard Nathanson says, real-time ultrasound which gives a moving picture of the child in the womb , electronic heart monitoring which detects fetal heartbeats, brainwave monitors which measure brain activity, fetoscopy which allows a physician to actually eyeball the baby simply astounded him. Such techniques as cordocentesis even allow medical diagnosis, treatment and surgery in utero. I finally came to the conviction that this was my patient ! This was a person ! I purely changed my mind as a result of fantastic technology!

    Dr.Bernard Nathanson fastened an ultrasound machine to a woman undergoing an abortion, and produced a film,” SILENT SCREAM”, that horrified those who saw the killing of a living unborn child. It showed the fetus trying ” desperately ” to move away from the vacuum, and then its body parts were successively sucked off. The film produced a massive campaign of defamation agaist Dr.Bernard Nathanson from the Humanist liberal-minded Education establishments and those “educated” in the state imposed religion of Politically Correct Relativism and Darwinian Humanism that is protected by blasphemy laws. You can study the Humanist Manifesto (1933) and the others and see how the fathers and mothers of Western Education accomplished this.

    This only made him more determined, so he decided to show an abortion from inside the womb. He attached a camera to a fetoscope and inserted it during a D and E abortion. The resulting film was “ECLIPSE OF REASON” , and so it is. Abortion is the murder of babies! Why then are our liberal-minded education establishments teaching that it isn’t ? Our Professors, Politicians, Lawyers, Doctors, Children and everyone are “educated ” in our Humanist schools and universities where they are coerced to acccept the religion of Darwinian Humanism, because it is protected by blasphemy laws. They tell us that all other views are mental constructs but Darwinian Humanism.

    Because abortion can’t be defended anymore the pro-abortion activists resort to name calling.

  2. You would probably enjoy the book “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg, recently published, which exposes the ideological roots of liberalism as being fascist. That explains why free speech is being suppressed.

  3. The debate will be redone today, Tuesday:

    Event: Abortion – A Woman’s Right or a Moral Wrong?
    Day and Time: Tuesday, March 18th at 5:30-7:00pm
    Location: Curtis Lecture Hall E, Keele Campus at York University; the
    building is by Scott Library

    http://www.yorku.ca/yorkweb/maps/keele-webmap-large.html (on the right
    hand side, find Curtis Lecture Hall)

    Pro-Life: Jose Ruba from Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform
    Pro-Choice: Michael Payton from Freethinkers, Skeptics and Atheists Group
    at York
    Moderator: TBA

  4. Andy, as for your comment about eyeballs on those spam links, this logic seems to fail when one has to go through the initial period of “teaching” Spam Karma what is good and what is not. So those same weak willed people illuminated in their dark rooms are still prone to looking at the same links.

  5. Margaret Fung, should be embarrassed by her ridiculous statement. She is obviously extremely biased, and her comparison of a abortion being equivalent to a man beating his wife is clearly idiotic, especially since domestic violence is against the law and abortion is legal. If she has a problem with abortion maybe she should be part of the debate to help stop what she clearly feels is an atrocity against humanity. Someone should let her know that if she closes her eyes to an issue it doesn’t make it go away. What an embarrassment to York.

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