The University of Idaho’s Women Center, a taxpayer-funded entity, has agreed to stop censoring the pro-life writing of Victoria Dilone, a student writer intern for the center and the vice-president of University of Idaho Students for Life, after facing backlash from people within and outside of the university.
Reacting to the news that the Women’s Center at University of Idaho has reinstated a pro-life blog post, Kristan Hawkins said, “I am glad to see that the Women’s Center finally respected the Constitutional freedoms of student writers such as Students for Life leader Vicky Dilone. They have every right to express their views on issues such as contraception and abortion and how those issues relate to feminism and women’s status in society. I hope that next time the Women’s Center will allow for free-expression because they know it’s the right thing and not just because of a public backlash.”
It would be really cool if all of our followers clicked on the link to the director's contact information and POLITELY e-mailed her and asked her to repost the original blog and stop censoring her writers. https://t.co/7yvpSzEBtt
— Students for Life (@StudentsforLife) December 3, 2018
Dilone has written several blog posts that came under intense scrutiny from the pro-abortion Women’s Center director, Lysa Salsbury. One post referenced the biology behind gender and also promoted a Catholic speaker on Natural Family Planning. Dilone’s post about eugenics and birth control was originally approved by the center’s student editor, and then was removed from the website in mid-November, shortly after it was posted, by Salsbury. After Students for Life of America broke the story Sunday night and Breitbart wrote about it on Tuesday, the Women’s Center reposted the blog, claiming that the ‘topic had changed’ and that was part of the reason for confusion.
In her original statement to Students for Life of America, Jodi Walker, a spokeswoman for the university said, “The University of Idaho Women’s Center bloggers are interns under the supervision of Lysa Salsbury and receive academic credit for their work. All topics must be approved by Lysa prior to publication – and are subject to revision, rejection or removal from the site at any point. Topics should elicit conversation and independent thinking but should not contain misinformation, strong bias or be based primarily on opinion. Blogs on this site must be congruent with the Women’s Center’s mission and values (link) and not be offensive to the readership.”
However, upon feeling the heat, Walker and the university saw the light and told the student newspaper, ““The handling of this blog has brought to the university’s attention a need to re-evaluate how the Women’s Center, as part of the University of Idaho, manages its blog site…The issues discussed on this site are important.”
You can read the reposted blog post here. Note that when the website was first reposted it had a longer apology, but that has since been removed.
You can read our original story here.