A number of British universities are offering grants for Irish students to fly home and vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.
The intention here is clear: it may be cliché but it is true that students are majoritively left-wing, and so in favour of abortion. As such, these universities (including Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Goldsmiths, Essex and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, according to student paper The Tab) are effectively fundraising the campaign to repeal the Ireland’s Eighth Amendment.
This amendment of Ireland’s constitution (the subject of the referendum) bans abortions in all other than the most extreme circumstances and ‘acknowledges the right to life of the unborn’ child as being equal to that of the mother.
Some university student unions have been quite open with their aim: Cambridge SU’s Women’s Campaign, WomCam, has offered grants for students to return to Ireland and vote, but only if they will vote ‘yes’ to repeal the amendment.
Similarly, Oxford SU’s (passed) motion for allocating money for the journey includes the following text:
‘Oxford SU is a pro-choice organisation which affirms the rights of all students to choose what happens in their lives and what happens with their bodies, including the choice of whether or not to continue with a pregnancy.’
The National Union of Students (NUS) has also been quite clear that it ‘supports the right to choose’ rather than the right of the unborn child to live.
Imagine the outrage if such ‘political donations’, as they are being titled, were granted only to students who vowed not to vote for the repealing of this amendment.
This last-ditch attempt to bolster support for Ireland’s pro-abortion campaign should be looked upon in shame, though it (along with other measures) shall likely prove to have been fruitful.