22nd October 2012 11:16 am
The Students' Union today restated its pro-choice position as Abort67, an anti-abortion organisation, attempted to display graphic anti-abortion materials on campus.
They initially set up their display at the entrance to the campus without permission and were moved on by campus security staff, relocating to the underpass area by Falmer train station.
The group, who hold protests outside clinics in Brighton which offer abortions, has been accused of intimidating and filming people entering the clinics.
A pregnant member of University staff reported feeling physically sick and distressed as she walked past the unavoidable display on her way to work.
The Students' Union and National Union of Students have a long and proud history of being pro-choice. Our long-standing policy voted in by students states;
"‘Pro-choice’ defines the right to reproductive autonomy.
"In short, that all females have the right to have children - and to be supported throughout pregnancy, childbirth and childcare - and that they have the right to safe, supportive and legal abortion services if they wish to terminate a pregnancy.
"In order to exercise these rights all people have the right high quality, unbiased sexual health and sexuality education."
"This includes access to sex education, contraception and safe and legal abortion."
We believe that a women's right to choose when, and if, to have children forms a fundamental part of their human rights.
"I am proud of the Students' Union's pro-choice position and deplore the actions of this group in our community"
Local MPs and Councillors have also previously condemned the tactics of this group.
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