Pro-lifers are facing a “rise in censorship” at universities, according to a group that supports pro-life societies.

Hundreds of students have called for a pro-life group at Cardiff to be disbanded while a motion at Newcastle University’s student union urged that a pro-life society there be “de-ratified”.

The cases were reported by the Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS), which is run by students and recent graduates.

The motion at Newcastle said the university’s Life Society was a “discriminatory group that alienates and will make many young women feel unwelcome on campus, and therefore this society is against union policy”. The motion was defeated. A petition at Cardiff, which has so far gathered 232 signatures, accused pro-lifers of exploiting the “trauma of abused women to satisfy their own self-interested political and religious agendas”.

A blog post at APS said: “Cardiff is a secular and apolitical society who do indeed support vulnerable young women.” The group hosts talks by organisations that assist women facing crisis pregnancies, it said.

Meanwhile, a motion at Strathclyde University’s student union is calling for a ban on pro-life groups becoming affiliated with the union. The pro-life group at the university, APS said, is “being rejected by a policy that doesn’t even exist yet”.

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