ADF defends pro-life group fighting free-speech limits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Man covering mouth (censorship)A lawsuit has been filed against an Oregon college for an all-too-familiar reason: College officials want to restrict student speech.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing a Students for Life chapter at Chemeketa Community College, located near Salem.

Chemeketa Students for Life wants to promote upcoming pro-life events and hand out pregnancy center information to fellow students, but a current policy restricts their freedom to do so.   

Tyson Langhofer, director of the Center for Academic Freedom at ADF, says the community college limits free-speech areas to two outdoor areas which account for one percent of the entire 100-acre campus.

Langhofer

“And requires two weeks permission in advance for their students to speak out there,” he adds.

Students for Life leaders allege, for example, they were thwarted in their efforts in February to promote a debate on campus about the morality of physician-assisted suicide.

ADF contends the school’s free-speech policy grants unconstitutional discretion to college officials to determine who gets to speak and who doesn't.

Langhofer tells OneNewsNow that Chemeketa changed a strict policy in 2010, when ADF contacted the school about the rules, but last year the school reverted to the current policy, which the ADF attorney calls “discriminatory."

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