Don't censor others' viewpoints on abortion

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “CFS-Ontario passes pro-life ban motion”
Feb. 5, 2008

To the editor:
I am shocked and disturbed by the actions the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario took when it chose to support student unions in banning pro-life groups on campuses.

Personally, I hold strong pro-choice convictions, but I recognize that a large number of people hold pro-life positions and I respect their stance.

While many people disagree with the pro-life stance, it is suppression to ban these groups from campuses. If there are a number of people who wish to form a group, and so long as they do not seek to disrupt the activities of students or other groups, there should be no reason why a group should be banned.

Though I recognize the right to her opinion, the suggestion by Ms. Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition that pro-life groups are like “Neo-Nazi movements” is absolutely ridiculous and should offend everyone " no matter what positions they hold on the matter. The two have nothing to do with one another.

This is a diverse nation where the right to one’s opinion is enshrined. Universities in particular are supposed to be meeting grounds for people of various opinions and beliefs.

How can effective debate on the abortion question be conducted if one side of the argument is not adequately represented? I am appalled by the actions of CFS-Ontario and though it has passed this measure under the guise that pro-life groups offend students, I have a strong suspicion that it’s merely this particular stance on the abortion issue that bothers the federation.

This is a shameful act of censorship and I hope others recognize that.
"Cameron Bryant
History II

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