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Week of December 18, 2006
'Anti-choice' group banned at Carleton University
Pro-life groups called similar to racist organizations
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
CUSA vice president Katy McIntyre put forward the motion following an Oct. 30 debate organized by Carleton's new pro-life group Lifeline after some students had complained of feeling harassed or intimidated.
CUSA president Shawn Menard put forward an amended version of the motion for the Dec. 5 vote. Menard claimed he had received physical threats.
Lifeline president Sarah Fletcher said her group would not condone any such actions and none of the 15 members of Lifeline did so.
About 150 attended the Dec. 5 meeting as the 32 CUSA representatives listened to questions and debate until nearly midnight when the 26-6 vote took place.
Several students said "anti-choice" arguments were analogous to hate speech against women, and "anti-choice" groups were similar to racist groups.
One CUSA representative said, "The fetus is analogous to a parasite."
"The anti-abortion side is not trying to take away anyone's rights," said Lifeline treasurer Nicholas McLeod. "We are defending what we say are human rights. We are putting forward another idea of what human rights are.
"If you look at most injustices, whether against Jews, natives, or women, the issue always comes down to what are people. The fetus is a person and they have to be respected the same as you, the same as me."
"An idea cannot hurt someone," he said. "Do you think my beliefs are hateful?
"They are not based on hate. They are based on love."
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