Free speech and access to information are the very touchstones of a university education. At least, they used to be.
Today, there’s a growing trend to silence opinions, even facts, that so much as offend the gatekeepers of the status quo.
But today, this close-minded approach might effect more than young people’s fundamental rights and freedoms—it could have severe consequences on their health.
The latest target is a “pro-information” documentary called Hush which takes a thorough, scientific look at women’s health in relation to abortion.
Hush is an award winning documentary.
It is refreshing, if not wholly unprecedented, because it looks at the subject of abortion from neither a pro-life or pro-choice position. It systematically reviews the claims of health issues around abortion from a pro-women and pro-information standpoint.
If anything, the film’s Director, Punam Gill (a highly educated Albertan), has described herself as being pro-choice.
Hush documentary co-ordinators are on tour across Canadian university campuses with their film. They want to show the film to young women on campuses. The are doing this so that women have the information they need—the information they should get, but for some reason don’t—in the event they decide to get an abortion, something they are free to do in this country.
So, they went to the University of Manitoba to talk about women’s health in the context of abortion. With only two rules: no politics, and no religion.
And guess what? 100% of the people who showed up, when surveyed, said they loved the film—no matter which side of the debate they were coming from!
Amazing what happens when you present information to young people and let them think for themselves.
Problem is: not everyone is keen on doing so.
The next college campus on their tour was the University of Winnipeg.
So, after Hush co-ordinators had their campus contacts book a room, post scores of flyers around campus grounds, and when their high-profile guest speaker was en route via plane from New York, an email from the university of Winnipeg’s club “Global College” was sent to the event organizers.
The University cancelled the movie screening, citing “internal confusion and misunderstanding”. Sounds like a logistical problem, which could be excusable if not wildly inconvenient.
Except, one day before the original movie screening (which, by the way was scheduled to take place on International Womens Day), just one day before Hush co-ordinators received another email that cited the university’s true motive for cancelling the movie.
According to the university of Winnipeg’s event co-ordinator, it was the film’s content that made the President’s Office uncomfortable.
A documentary, which interviews leading scientists, doctors, journalists, and women who have undergone abortions, and considers the meta-data analysis around correlation between breast cancer and premature births with abortion. That makes a University President uncomfortable.
If you think that's wrong then please sign our petition to the University of Winnipeg by clicking below.
Let the President know that women’s health is more important than ideology. And that young women considering abortion should receive apolitical, scientific facts about the procedures they might undergo. Demand the university reverses their decision and allow women access to information.
Women’s health is more important than ideology. Young women considering abortion should receive apolitical, scientific facts about the procedures they might undergo. The University of Winnipeg must reverses their decision on banning the screening of Hush.