This time it’s the student government at York University that’s in the lead. (Students always make the best fascists, don’t they.)
And it’s the administrators, for once, who are appalled, or are at least pretending to be appalled:
In response to a series of controversies over abortion debates on Canadian campuses, the student government of York University in Toronto has tabled an outright ban on student clubs that are opposed to abortion.
Gilary Massa, vice-president external of the York Federation of Students, said student clubs will be free to discuss abortion in student space, as long as they do it “within a pro-choice realm,” and that all clubs will be investigated to ensure compliance.
“You have to recognize that a woman has a choice over her own body,” Ms. Massa said. “We think that these pro-life, these anti-choice groups, they’re sexist in nature … The way that they speak about women who decide to have abortions is demoralizing. They call them murderers, all of them do … Is this an issue of free speech? No, this is an issue of women’s rights.”
The school’s administration condemned the decision as contrary to its academic mission.
Robert J. Tiffin, York’s vice-president of students, said he was “disappointed” the policy was being enacted when virtually all of the student body has left campus for the summer.
“Student governments need to be aware that these are fairly significant decisions that are being made, and it would be useful to engage the much broader community,” he said. “It’s important to have some of these discussions at a time when the vast majority of students are here to participate.”
He said denying students access to the various aspects of the abortion debate was not in keeping with the school’s mandate, and that the administration would try to compensate by providing its own venues and resources to legitimate debates.
Well, Tiffin, old boy, a “mandate” is itself a violently sexist concept, don’t you think?
You’ve trained the savages, now you get to live with their mandates. And if you don’t like it, maybe the students will investigate you to ensure compliance. Be very careful, Tiffy.
The link is from Kathryn Jean Lopez.