A study evaluating the free speech policies of 16 Scottish universities awarded failing marks to several of the institutions for their systematic silencing of pro-life groups, the Christian Institute reported Sunday.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and the Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS) assessed the free speech policies of Scottish universities in the light of the Equality Act 2010, which guaranteed protection from discrimination for “philosophical beliefs,” including those regarding the sanctity of life.
Based on their research, SPUC and APS awarded marks to each Scottish university based on its “approach to pro-life speakers and societies”.
The research uncovered particularly egregious censorship of pro-life groups at the universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, and Aberdeen, whereas the only university to receive a “first-class” mark was the University of St Andrews.
The two groups published the results of their investigation under the title Free2Speak, after which they sent