In the view of the executive, this clearly indicated the Heartbeats’ anti-choice agenda. They were denied club status primarily out of respect for the human right of women not to be threatened with the profound discrimination of having control over our bodies taken away. The executive had, and has, the responsibility to weigh many factors, including: what the law says, what the CSU constitution says, what the rules of procedural fairness are, and the human right of all of us to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
Okay, so the human right to have an abortion trumps freedom of assembly. Fine. But wait! Then the CSU defenders of human rights found out what it’s like to be threatened and dragged through the human rights process:
[August 29, 2007] B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled it will hear a complaint made by a group of Capilano College students who said it was twice denied “club” status by the college’s students’ union because of its anti-abortion stance based on religious views.
And the winner is…
[May 15, 2008] In January of 2008, the tribunal rejected a request by the CSU to dismiss the Heartbeat Club’s complaint. This morning, the two parties reached an agreement that will finally give Heartbeat a chance to be recognized as an official CSU club, allowing them to utilize the University’s facilities in order to carry out their mission.
How do you like your human rights now, CSU?