Wrocław University have reportedly blocked an anti-abortion lecture by pro-life campaigner Rebecca Kiessling from taking place on campus.
News of the move broke at roughly the same time as Warsaw University also came to the same decision.
According to reports, some students at Wrocław University quickly set up a petition to block the lecture when they heard it was due to to take place. The University then found that it had been organised without their permission.
It is said that American Rebecca Kiessling was invited by the group Ordo Iuris, the organisation behind the public motion that sparked the Black Protests last year.
On her own website, Kiessling has spoken of how she was conceived out of "a brutal rape at knife-point by a serial rapist". On the same page, the pro-life campaigner explains in detail why she feels so strongly about the issue of abortion:
"Please understand that whenever you identify yourself as being “pro-choice,” or whenever you make that exception for rape, what that really translates into is you being able to stand before me, look me in the eye, and say to me, “I think your mother should have been able to abort you.” That’s a pretty powerful statement. I would never say anything like that to someone."
Poland's conservative and catholicist media quickly reacted with fury at the news, with pch24.pl branding the decision as "University Censorship". Blaming the decision on "leftists", the proudly Polish Catholic website fiercely criticised the cancellation of Kiessling's lecture in Warsaw.
Here in Wrocław, University spokesperson Ryszard Balicki yesterday claimed that the University cancelled the event due to it not being booked appropriately. In his own words, the University "did not know anything about the preparations for such an event." According to Balicki, a booking had been made for the room by a rector from the faculty of Scientific Law, Society & Culture, however the reservation was made under vague terms. Therefore nobody assumed the booking would be used to host a public lecture.
When quizzed about whether the lecture would have been allowed to take place had it been organised according to the University's procedure, Balicki explained that "The request would be analyzed on the basis of the University's mission and the scientific and educational nature of the proposal."