Back to School & the 1st Amendment
The start of the new school is nearly here and inevitably it will bring yet another round of poignant First Amendment cases where pro-life students will be harassed, discriminated against and in some cases, be forced to file lawsuits against their schools for the right to even exist.
Students for Life of America works closely with Alliance Defending Freedom to ensure that pro-life students have excellent legal representation when it comes to defending their freedoms on campus. Many of our lawsuits go public and garner national media attention even – both on the high school and college level. We are there to train our students on how to handle media attention and provide support on all fronts to make sure that their voices are heard and the pro-life position is not diminished.
While we certainly expect new cases to come up, we are still dealing with cases from last school year that haven’t been resolved yet.
- At Boise State University in Idaho, the pro-life group on campus Abolishionists4Life is engaged in a lawsuit with the university over their rights to free speech. The university administration forced them to put up warning signs during their pro-life display that some of the material was graphic and offensive – yet the university made so such claims when the pro-choice held their own demonstrations.
- At Central Tusculoosa High School Ke’Ontai Price was denied approval for club because principal was afraid of “protests” by student body. Price was required to turn in all planned events for approval by the school board and the Principal delayed responding to Price by ignoring multiple attempts to be contacted. Price was unable to find an adviser at the school and believes principal told all staff to turn down the request.
These are only a handful of the lawsuits we are involved in. We expect many more this year because our pro-life groups are dynamic and engaged and ready and willing to help both the mother and baby in crisis pregnancies.
If you are facing harassment in your high school or campus because of your pro-life views, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!