A pro-life group at the University of Aberdeen has been granted affiliation by the school’s student association, a month after filing a lawsuit charging unlawful discrimination.
“This week, the Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) informed us that our society application has been approved, which means we have officially received affiliation,” the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society said. “This is a long-awaited result to a seemingly endless battle, but we could not be more pleased to have won affiliation.”
In October, Ausa had prevented the affiliation of Ales, citing its own pro-choice policy. The move limited Ales’ access to funds and venues at the university.
After failing to have the policy changed, Ales filed a lawsuit on April 12 against Ausa and the university, “alleging unlawful discrimination against the society and the violation of rights protected by UK law.
The suit will continue.
In its statement announcing its affiliation, Ales welcomed the assistance of both “free speech enthusiasts and pro-life advocates”, naming in particular Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre.
“We are grateful for the numerous pro-life students at Aberdeen who have reached out to us over the last several months because they are interested in getting involved with the society,” the group added.
“Our ranks have swelled with students who are passionately committed to the pro-life cause and who will lead this society in the years to come.”