Youth Protecting Youth

Defending the Dignity of All Human Life


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YPY’s Message of Protest

YPY protests against unequal treatment, censorship and discrimination on the basis of belief today. Our voices are being silenced, as are the voices of the unborn. This is our message to the campus and community:

We are Youth Protecting Youth, a group of pro-life students from the University of Victoria who are being censored.

This is the fourth semester in the past two years that we have been denied club funding.

This semester we were also denied club status.

The Canadian Federation of Students has stated that they will support “member locals that refused to allow anti-choice organizations access to their resources and space.”

The UVic Students’ Society is acting on this discriminatory statement and sending a clear message that UVic is no place for students who hold differing beliefs.


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Support from the BCCLA

It’s March 2nd, and Youth Protecting Youth is still being denied its right to freedom of speech. We respond today by staging a peaceful protest at UVic. See the following documents for more information about the censorship applied to YPY.

These statements by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association reflect the position they held when our funding was taken away. Our status has since been revoked as well in an escalation of suppression.

BCCLA demands equal treatment for U Vic pro-life club

The BCCLA also demonstrated their support for Youth Protecting Youth’s free speech with this letter:

Letter to the University of Victoria Student Society


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YPY Attends OD

Today, Youth Protecting Youth attended a meeting of the Organizational Development (OD) Committee that has been tasked with making changes to clubs policy.

On February 8th, the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Board of Directors revoked YPY’s status until this OD Committee presents policy changes to the Board which will then decide whether or not to grant status to YPY. In the same motion, the Board revoked funding for one year. The original motion would have applied an exclusive policy to YPY, but it was amended to make all clubs subject to OD’s policy changes.

We attempted to appeal this decision (as described in the last post) because it restricts our members’ freedom of expression by denying them funding and recognition based on their beliefs. Indeed, the OD process was initiated as a result of bogus accusations of harassment and hate-speech. We maintain that we have been wronged.

However, the UVSS decided that their clubs policy needs to be changed, and YPY supports the idea of providing a more specific, non-discriminatory policy that can be applied to all clubs. We attended the OD meeting today in that spirit, and may continue to do so. Regrettably, YPY’s status depends on the committee’s outcome, and many committee members intend to insert specific clauses in policy that would address pro-life groups in particular.

The UVSS’ decision to penalize YPY is still absolutely unwarranted, and the OD process is in danger of becoming an investigation into how to silence pro-life on campus completely.


YPY Denied Request for SGM

At the UVSS meeting on February 22nd, Youth Protecting Youth was denied its appeal of the UVSS’  decision to withdraw funding and status pending the result of an Organizational Development Committee, and was denied its request for a Special General Meeting to allow students to vote on the issue.

Watch for further developments and background information about YPY’s free speech battle from YPY’s official blog.


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Maclean’s and Other Publications Feature YPY`s Free Speech Battle

Erin Millar from Maclean’s is keeping her readers up to date on YPY’s free speech struggles with these articles:

UVic student union revokes club status of pro-life club

UVic\’s pro-choicers up the ante against pro-life club

Closed for debate

The Times Colonist featured YPY in early February:

UVic pro-life group states its case to get funding back – Freedom of Speech

So did The Vancouver Sun:

Civil Liberties group against silencing of UVic pro-lifers

The Martlet, UVic’s weekly student newspaper, has published numerous articles about YPY. This article is one of the most recent:

Debate over YPY will see UVSS create “Conditions of Club Status” policy

David Foster has been diligent in documenting the UVSS’ actions against YPY in his student politics blog, Eye on the UVSS:

UVSS vs YPY: No End in Sight

Lastly, the controversy that has surrounded the UVSS and YPY is discussed colorfully in the most recent edition of The Fish Wrap, a publication from the University of Victoria’s Engineering Students’ Society. Copies can be found in the ELW.

UVic pro-life group states its case to get funding back

Freedom of Speech