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Cardiff University Votes On Pro-Choice Motion

01/12/2014 18:27 GMT | Updated 01/12/2014 18:59 GMT
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Pro-choice activists at Connolly station, Dublin, after they took a train from Dublin to Belfast to bring back abortion pills unavailable in the Republic of Ireland.

A motion to make Cardiff University's Student Union officially pro-choice was defeated by such a landslide that the votes weren't even counted.

The proposal, put forward by the chair of the Cardiff Women's Association, called for CUSU to support pro-choice campaigns, “prevent affiliated societies and groups from taking part in anti-choice protests or rallies outside of abortion clinics and under the banner of the student's union", and force any literature regarding abortion or contraception on campus to be academically referenced.

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The Keep Cardiff Uni Free campaign was opposing the motion, and had backing from multiple on-campus religious groups. A representative said: “Students from religious societies made it clear that they felt under attack from this motion, as well as the pro-life society Students for Life.”

Jonathan O'Connell, President of Students for Life, told the Catholic Herald: "The university environment has long been a bastion of free speech, which the proposed motion seeks to attack."

CUSU's ex-Women's Officer Emma Carragher tabled a similar motion in May, but it was withdrawn.