Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Students For Life of America
FREDERICKSBURG, VA and SAN DIEGO, CA (8-14-19)–
A federal judge in California has ruled in favor of the Students for Life group at California State-San Marcos in a lawsuit that began in Spring 2017 over the unconstitutional allotment of student fees. The judge ruled that Students for Life was unfairly treated in the allocation of student fees, when they were denied $500 to host University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor Mike Adams. You can read more details of the unfair treatment here.
“Public universities have no right to use their power, including mandatory student fees, to restrict speech they don’t agree with or particularly like,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Thankfully, the court agrees that forcing students to pay into a system that treats their peers unfairly is a disservice to the entire Cal State-San Marcos student body and flatly unconstitutional. Pro-life students should have every opportunity available to them that pro-abortion students have, and anything less is a failure on the part of Cal State-San Marcos to abide by the First Amendment.”
“Public universities should encourage all students to participate in the free exchange of ideas, not create elaborate and secretive funding schemes to award their favored few with first-class status while denying even economy class to opposing views,” said ADF Senior Counsel Caleb Dalton. “The university spared no expense to fund the advocacy of its preferred student groups but denied funding for speakers from Students for Life. But yesterday, the district court correctly declared, ‘These “back room deliberations” are exactly the [sic] type of considerations the First Amendment is designed to prevent. Nothing prevents these officials from encouraging some views while suppressing others through cosponsorship funding.’ We’re grateful the district court has rejected this unfair and discriminatory policy as unconstitutional.”
You can read more about the lawsuit here.
Kristan Hawkins’ wrote about the 9 ways schools violate free-speech in the Wall Street Journal. You can read more here.
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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life student organization, with groups on over 1,220 high school and college campuses across the country.