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Wilfrid Laurier U tested: Abortion debate held on campus, Lindsay Shepherd to MC

Media Advisory


Waterloo, ON
3 April 2018

A debate titled, “Abortion: Whose Body? Whose Choice?” is being hosted by Laurier LifeLink, the pro-life club at Wilfrid Laurier University. Late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows will debate Oriyana Hrycyshyn of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

A question-and-answer period will follow the formal debate. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and all 200 were filled more than one week prior.

The debate is to be moderated by National Post columnist Barbara Kay, with Lindsay Shepherd as MC. Shepherd is a graduate student from Laurier University who has been addressing free speech issues on campus this past year.

Event: Abortion: Whose Body? Whose Choice?
Time: Thursday, April 5th 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Location: Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo Campus), Bricker Academic Building, Room 101
Registration: Via Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/abortion-whose-body-whose-choice-tickets-44268536384

Event updates are published via National Campus Life Network’s social media sites.

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Twitter: twitter.com/NCLN
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For more information, contact:

Christine Schuknecht
President, Laurier LifeLink

Ruth (Lobo) Shaw
Executive Director, National Campus Life Network
1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)

Barbara Kay
National Post Columnist
Lindsay Shepherd
514-594-1654 (cell)
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NEWS RELEASE: University of Ottawa student group censored, stripped of status for their stance on human rights.

For Immediate Release // October 31, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) A pro-life student group at the University of Ottawa has been censored and stripped of club status because their mandate promotes the value of all human life.

The group, University of Ottawa Students for Life (SFL), has been a registered campus club for ten years, fostering respectful dialogue and hosting events to discuss human rights issues, especially abortion. SFL members are committed to upholding the respect and dignity of every human being, before as well as after birth.

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, SFL was ordered to shut down a tabling event by Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, VP Equity of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Ms. Moumouni-Tchouassi failed to cite or produce any university policy which SFL had violated. She also declared that University of Ottawa Protection Services would be called if the pro-life students did not leave the area. The students understood that they had university approval for the time and location of this tabling event.

Two weeks later, on Friday, October 13, SFL received an email signed by Linda Lacombe indicating that they were approved as a campus club for the 2017-2018 academic year. One week later, on Friday, October 20, SFL received an unsigned email from the SFUO, indicating that their club status had been revoked.

The email stated: “This decision was made due to the ways in which your mandate is in contention with the SFUO’s principles.”

Ruth Shaw, NCLN Executive Director, commented: “We are appalled that the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is engaging in viewpoint discrimination, simply because of a difference in opinion. By encouraging dialogue on a difficult issue with integrity and openness to opposing views, SFL should be commended for their good work, not censored.”

Peter van Dyken, third year biochemistry student and SFL President, said: “We hope the SFUO will re-commit to upholding student rights on our campus. We welcome peers with diverse views to respectful dialogue on abortion, an issue which significantly impacts each and every one of us. With three hundred lives lost every day through abortion in Canada, silence is not an option.”

For more information, please contact Rachel Leistra, SFL Secretary, or Ruth Shaw, NCLN Executive Director.

Rachel Leistra, SFL



Ruth Shaw, NCLN


1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)

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This pro-life poster is being censored. Don’t let it.

By Ruth Shaw, Executive Director

Brandon Students for Life (BUSL) received backlash from their student government, Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU), for putting up a pro-life poster around campus this past week. The purpose of the poster is to inform students that abortion ends the life of a human fetus and that instruments such as the forceps pictured are used to break the body parts of a fetus.

On October 23rd, BUSL received an email from Mohammed Agavi, Vice President External of BUSU. Mr. Agavi wrote in an email:



After reviewing your poster, it has been declined because it violates our Advertising Policy law. The Policy clearly states that:


“Policy #2016 – Advertising Guidelines: This policy applies to arrangements entered into by BUSU with student groups and other advertisers for displaying commercial advertising in or at BUSU spaces and in BUSU publications, and specifies content guidelines for all advertising acceptable by BUSU. Content for All advertising that is circulated, sponsored or created by BUSU and must meet the following general standards of respect as to form and content. BUSU will not accept advertising that is sexist, racist, homophobic, discriminatory or derogatory to any group of people. If such determination is called into question, acceptability shall be deemed by the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee has deemed the poster to be triggering, offensive and aggressive to a large member of the student body because of the pictures and the choice of language on the ad. As Brandon University is a space for all students I will be more than happy to help you design a poster that would be suitable to go up at the KDC. Please email me to setup an appointment or if you have any questions comments on concerns.



The decision and actions of BUSU prompt us to ask Mr. Agavi a few questions:

  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is offensive, wouldn’t that indicate that abortion is offensive?
  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is aggressive, wouldn’t that indicate that abortion is aggressive?
  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is triggering, does hiding the truth help those hurting to understand the procedure and to begin healing?
Indeed, if a poster of a human child next to forceps is so damaging, perhaps we ought to re-think the procedure it is depicting.

What can YOU do?

  1. Share the BUSU-censored poster on Facebook.
  2. If you are a student and want a copy of this poster for your campus, email us at info@ncln.ca
  3. Reach out to Mohammed Agavi, BUSU Vice President External, and share your displeasure at this act of censorship. Be honest without compromise, communicating with respect, as you would in activism. You can include the following two talking points: We hope Mr. Agavi (1) examines for himself the evidence about what abortion does to the preborn; (2) upholds freedom of speech on campus, treating all BU students – including our pro-life peers – with integrity and fairness.

You can reach Mr. Agavi by telephone (204-727-7478) and email (vpe@busu.ca).

NCLN staff dedicate hours of their time to coach students in speaking about abortion without compromise. We are working with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) to fight for the rights of pro-life students, to ensure that Universities uphold freedom of speech on campus so that we can continue to educate the demographic having the highest number of abortions and influence those in power. Check out the JCCF’s news release here.

It begins and ends on campus, but it starts with you.

It is imperative that we do not let those in power who are for abortion dictate how and when abortion is spoken about. If we stop fighting censorship, we stop fighting for the lives of parents and their children.

We cannot stop.

For media commentary on the censorship at Brandon University or censorship of pro-life students as a whole, please contact our Executive Director, Ruth Shaw, at: 1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)

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