Row brews at uni over abortion pamphlet
NZHerald 17 July 2012
A free-speech battle is shaping up at Auckland University tomorrow over a move to boot out an anti-abortion group from university facilities. ProLife Auckland, which claims more than 400 student members, faces disaffiliation from the students’ association after a complaint that it distributed a pamphlet containing “misleading health information”. The students’ association is laying on a barbecue as an incentive to attract the required quorum of 200 students at a special general meeting to consider the motion in the university quad at 1pm tomorrow. Association vice-president Dan Haines said the executive was not recommending disaffiliation but was just putting the motion to the meeting. “People communicated to our women’s rights officers that it was an issue. It was the women’s rights officers who brought it up,” he said. “Personally I think that maybe having a discussion is a good thing. It is a contentious club.” But ProLife president Amy Blowers, a second-year philosophy student, said the meeting was “a direct threat to freedom of expression”.
UPDATE: Bid to ban anti-abortion club voted down
NZ Herald 19 July 2012
A move to ban an anti-abortion club from the Auckland University Students’ Association has been defeated overwhelmingly after an emotional debate about free speech. A special general meeting attended by a large and noisy crowd in the university quad voted 227-125 yesterday against a motion to disaffiliate the ProLife Auckland club “for propagating harmful misinformation”.