In November, a controversial motion was comprehensively rejected by the Students’ Union of Cardiff University, Wales, UK. The motion would’ve made it clear that the Union was pro-choice, and would ban any affiliated societies from taking part in pro-life protests, which would include pro-life and religious societies. It would’ve also limited any literature used in the Students’ Union buildings, meaning that many pamphlets regarding contraception options would’ve been banned. The motion also notes that there are other Students’ Unions in this country who are already “pro-choice”, which was news to me! In the end, a range of groups including atheist, Christian and LGBT formed a “Keep Cardiff Uni Free” coalition and their case was presented so strongly that the votes didn’t even need to be counted as the show of hands alone was enough to defeat the motion.
In all honesty, I wouldn't feel comfortable at all if I was a student at Cardiff or anywhere else where a Students’ Union is “pro-choice”.
The Students’ Unions are, rightly, democratic. Passionate debates are held. Motions are accepted or rejected. Any member can become involved. The beer in the bars is cheap! However, on moral matters such as this, the Unions shouldn’t be able to alienate members whose beliefs make them unable to justify their membership. Student Politics are great, but should the life/choice debate be involved?