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British stutents receive threats for their pro-life initiatives

University students in the United Kingdom say they have received threats from those opposed to their new pro-life activist group on campus, while over 7,000 have supported an online petition calling for the new organization to be abolished.


Meeting for the first time this semester at the University of Exeter, students affiliated with the campus chapter of Students for Life recently reported receiving death threats online from pro-choice students. 

According to the group’s lawyers at Christian Legal Centre, one student allegedly told the group’s members that they would “end up at the bottom of the Quay” —  a local area next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal.  

The Exeter University Students for Life group is described as a society that takes a stand for the rights of pre-born children “respectfully and sensitively.”

“As a society we speak up for and take a stand for the rights of pre-born children, 200,000 of which lose their lives to abortion every year in this country,” said Alireza Ghazi-Torbati, the president of the Exeter University Students for Life. (…) Our student group should enjoy the same rights as every other student group on campus, free of discrimination or harassment. The death threats made against members of our society are completely unacceptable and deeply disturbing. We have contacted the university. We would like them to take immediate action on this.”

Over 7,700 individuals supporters backed a petition that opposes what they call the “existence of a ‘pro-life’ single issue society.” The petition accuses the Students for Life chapter of “hate speech.”


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