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An anti-abortion group has been told it can't have a Freshers' stall at three universities

The i logo The i 19/09/2018 Jasmine Andersson
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A pro-life group who wants to make abortion illegal have had their applications to hosts stalls at three Russell Group universities blocked.

The anti-abortion group, named Life, have written an open letter to Liverpool, Manchester and Warwick universities after being told they would not host Freshers' fair stalls from the group on their campuses.

'Won't give up until abortion is a thing of the past'

Life have written an open letter to the three institutions, stating that they believe the universities' refusal is to host them on campus is "discrimination".

Read our letter to the Office of Students regarding discrimination by Universities here: https://t.co/5LL5snIRLy #discrimination #censorship #prolife #university #freespeech

— Life (@LifeCharity) September 3, 2018

"The discrimination against our charity and the stifling of its right to freedom of expression on the campuses of three universities is wholly unacceptable," wrote the charity's director Anna Scanlan.

"We are aware that the student unions are not run by the university but violations of free speech which takes place on the campus of the university should be a cause for concern for all."

The group's mission statement is a point of contention for the student unions who have blocked the groups.

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Article in the @catholic_universe Life is awaiting a response from the Office for Students regarding our right to participate Freshers’ Fairs. #prolife #university #freedomofspeech

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Life's say that their vision means that they "won’t give up until those facing difficult pregnancies can choose life and abortion is a thing of the past."

"We believe that opposition to abortion has to go hand-in-hand with the provision of alternatives," the group's website reads.

However, the group have insisted that those principles would not come into place if they advised students at the stall.

"Whilst Life is a pro-life organisation, its caring services are non-directive and would not infringe their principles of impartiality," the director wrote.

"We support a pro-choice stance"

Warwick University's student union said that they have no intention to offer an invitation to the group.

"The Students' Union has policy that was voted on by our members to support a pro-choice stance," a spokesperson told The Tab Warwick.

We are under no obligation to allow external organisations to use our spaces, and thus to do so in this case would be in contravention of our mandate from students."

Life will hold stalls at four universities next week.

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