The University of Buffalo (UB) chapter of Amnesty International refused to allow a pro-life student organization to participate in an annual Human Rights Day Celebration on Tuesday citing the organization’s longstanding “pro-choice… stance.”
According to emails released to Campus Reform, the UB Students for Life applied to set up a table at the event to call attention to the plight of political prisoners around the world.
According to the emails President of the UB Amnesty International chapter Fara Khan replied, saying her organization could not allow a pro-life group to participate.
“In regards to having Students for Life table, I am sorry to disappoint, but without hashing out our personal beliefs, I hope that you will familiarize yourself with Amnesty International’s stance on sexual and reproductive rights,” she said.
“ I think you will find that your organization’s and Amnesty’s schools of thought are quite opposite on this issue (I’ve attached a link with more info).”
Enclosed in the email was a link to the Amnesty International’s website where the organization states its explicit support for pro-choice policies.
Khan did not respond to Campus Reform’s requests for comment on the club’s decision.
Christian Andzel, the president of UB Students for Life said his club’s request had nothing to do with the divisive issue of abortion and that they instead wanted draw attention to political prisoners around the world, which is another issue represented by Students for Life.