On Tuesday of this week (2nd December,) we travelled approximately 90 miles to protest against a pro-abortion “public” meeting held at the Medical Biology Centre which is part of Queen’s University Belfast, albeit some distance from it.
The event, entitled, “Why Women Die,” was organised by Medical Students For Choice QUB and the speakers were, Prof. Jim Dornan, Grainne Teggart, Dr. Fiona Bloomer and Mark Benson.
It was our intention to stand outside the venue displaying Bible signs with verses warning all and sundry that God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.” We also offered Gospel tracts to some entering the venue.
However, all too soon, we were approached by a security man from Queen’s University who informed us that we could not protest outside the venue and that we would have to move off the grounds and continue our protest on the footpath some distance away (where few, if any, attendees would see us.)
Having travelled so far to oppose the pro-abortion lobby, we were not happy with his demand, so we informed him of our intention to attend the meeting, which, we informed him, was ” open to all students and non-students irrespective of their stance on any of the issues,” and, as a Q & A session was to follow the panellist’s speeches, we believed we would have an opportunity to defend the right to life of the unborn child.
We stated that we wished to speak to someone associated with the event (such as one of the panel speakers) and communicate to them our desire to attend.
A young woman, accompanied by a young man, met with us and told us in no uncertain terms that they did not want us to attend their meeting. We reminded them that it was a public meeting and, although they agreed that this was so, they felt we would be “disruptive,” and especially so when I was asked about the question I might ask if permitted to attend, which question centred on the right to life of the unborn child.
Those two young upstarts deemed us “personas non gratas” thereby denying us freedom of movement and freedom of speech. The North Korean regime would be proud of them!
It appears that the only people prevented from attending the meeting were those with pro-life views, as the comment below, from a member of the public who WAS permitted to attend, and which she posted afterwards, on the Medical Students for Choice Facebook, clearly shows,
“Excellent event. Very well organised. The speakers were very informative and interesting. As a member of the public who is concerned with these issues it was a pleasure to attend……….Carol Smyth