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A university lecturer has been suspended after likening abortion to necrophilia on social media then responding 'it's a great tweet' following a furious backlash.
Dr Justin Murphy, from the University of Southampton, was blasted by students after a string of 'hateful' tweets including one where he used the slur 'retard'.
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'If you're pro-choice in the abortion debate, I find it very difficult to see how you could possibly have ethical objections to necrophilia,' the politics lecturer tweeted.
Following a barrage of complaints, the Russel Group university said Dr Murphy’s tweets were ‘incompatible’ with its views and a formal investigation had been launched.
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Dr Murphy said he has been suspended after he tweeted the institution called him in for an 'urgent meeting' and gave him a '30 day paid vacation'.
The 32-year-old, who completed a PhD in 2014, also works as a personal academic tutor and a dissertation supervisor at the university and his absence will cause issues for students.
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The married American compared abortion to necrophilia after saying the 'question of necrophilia raises interesting challenges to positions held today'.
'The question of necrophilia does raise some interesting and useful challenges to many comfortably held positions today,’ he tweeted.
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'For instance, if you're pro-choice in the abortion debate, I find it very difficult to see how you could possibly have ethical objections to necrophilia.'
When asked about the tweet, Dr Murphy said: 'I don't see why it caused offence, it was a great tweet.'
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Dr Murphy previously said he compared the two because 'if you support a woman's right to choose what she does with her body then you will be inclined to support her necrophilic enjoyment'.
In other tweets, he suggested people with 'humanities degrees have mental illnesses' and used the slur 'retard'.
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'[These] appear incompatible with a University which prides itself on its tolerance, collegiality and inclusivity.
'As a University we promote...
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