Youth Protecting Youth

Defending the Dignity of All Human Life


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Pro-Women, Pro-Life

Today, Youth Protecting Youth is engaging UVic students in a celebration of the life and dignity of all people, but especially of women. Beside a visual display, YPY members are explaining how their club is both pro-women and pro-life. The display shows women in their beauty and dignity at every stage of life, beginning with a picture of an unborn child and finishing with one of an elderly woman.

Our message to UVic today is that abortion is a sign that society isn’t meeting women’s needs or honouring their dignity. We believe in that dignity, so we are celebrating it with a compliment: giving students flowers. Attached to the flowers is this information about where women (and men) can receive support if they are ever facing crisis pregnancy, or dealing with the effects of abortion.

Options Pregnancy:

250-380-6883

info@optionspregnancy.org

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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 Our status has since been revoked as well in an escalation of suppression.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.