BRANDON – Students for Life used to be an official student group at Brandon University.
But the Student Union there revoked that status, so now the group is suing.
Students for Life had their status pulled in the fall, two years after being granted one on their second try.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has filed a court application on their behalf.
“The union said the pro-life speech actually makes some students feel uncomfortable, which is ridiculous,” explains Justice Centre president John Carpay. “Furthermore, they say the issue of abortion is already being addressed by the Women’s Collective. Which is kind of like saying, ‘We’re going to ban the campus NDP because politics are already being practiced by the campus Conservatives.'”
The court order seeks to get the group reinstated and that the student union be prohibited from discriminating against Students for Life.
“This is illegal censorship and it violates the student union’s own rules about promoting diversity of thought and free expression on campus,” Carpay says. “When a club is denied club status, it cannot host events, book tables, use the facilities, it effectively silences the group.”
The Student’s Union say its contacted legal council and they are taking the necessary steps to move forward.