Capilano's student union compromises on abortion debate

May 22, 2008

Rather than face a human rights tribunal, the Capilano College Student Union has agreed that a pro-life student group can operate on campus. The compromise comes after the student union twice denied official club status to the school's Heartbeat Club on the grounds that its activities would threaten a woman's right to choose abortion. The case is not unique: at Lakehead University, a human rights complaint is being drafted over a student politician's written order that a pro-life group may not hand out leaflets, use the school's name, or engage in any "unsolicited conversations." Carleton, UBC and York have also seen abortion and free-speech debates pop up on campus. National Post