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38% of students believe future careers would be adversely affected if they express opinions

More than a quarter of students ‘self-censor’ due to fear that their views will clash with the values of their university.

A recent survey undertaken by Survation for legal advocacy group, ADF International, has found that 27% of university students have ‘hidden’ their opinions that they believe may be at odds with those of their university.

The same survey found that 44% of students believe that their lecturers would treat them differently if they made their views known, and that 38% believe that their future careers might be adversely affected if they openly expressed their true opinions.

 ‘Of all places, university is where students should be free to debate and explore ideas – especially those with which they disagree” said Ryan Christopher, Director of ADF International UK

‘Today’s censorship on campus can easily become ‘cancel culture’ in the public square.’

The survey, which received responses from 1,028 current university students and recent graduates across the country, showed that 40% of students have witnessed an increase in the cancellation of events due to the views held by the speaker at their university.

Earlier this year, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was ‘no-platformed’ shortly before her speech at the University of Oxford due to her role in the Windrush scandal.

Pro-life students censored

The results of this survey confirm what pro-life students have been experiencing for a number of  years. In what appears to have become a pattern at universities across the UK, many pro-life groups have been hindered in their ability to speak freely and enjoy the same benefits as other student societies.

In the last three years, student representative bodies at Aberdeen University, Glasgow University, Nottingham University and Strathclyde University have all tried to prevent student pro-life groups from being affiliated with their university and benefiting from the same privileges available to any other student group. In each of these cases, the student unions had to reverse their decision after the groups threatened legal proceedings against them.

In 2019, in the first case of its kind, a midwifery student at Nottingham University was suspended and faced possible expulsion from her course after a lecturer raised concerns about her role in the University’s pro-life group. Only after beginning legal action was the University’s decision overturned.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said: “The results of this survey are hardly surprising. We have witnessed serious censorship directed at pro-life students already. In many cases they are simply refused affiliation with their university on purely ideological grounds, and in one case a student was almost removed from her course for believing that the lives of unborn children, as well as their mothers, are worthy of protection.”

“Student pro-lifers have seen where censorship leads. First students fear clashing with their university, then they fear for their jobs, then, as we have seen, some universities even try to deny entry to a student’s chosen profession because they are pro-life. The concerns that many students have about censorship and being treated differently by universities are real; pro-life students have been experiencing this for years.

“We are calling on universities around the country to take urgent action to ensure that they are creating an environment where students are not marginalised for taking a pro-life position on life issues.”

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Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

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