Later this September, officials from Boise State and representatives from Abolitionists4Life will meet to set a date for trial.
In April and May, Abolitionists4Life held two events on campus called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust,” during which they distributed information and showed posters depicting unborn fetuses in various stages of development. Boise State did not approve of this. They required Abolitionists4Life to set up warning signs for people entering the area, while also restricting the space they were allowed to pass out information to 8-foot zones.
“Campuses and universities are places that should encourage the free exchange of ideas, not shut them down,” said Kerri Kupec, legal communication director for Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian group supporting religious freedom.
According to Kupec, other groups who have presented controversial issues in the past haven’t been required to follow the same guidelines. Her examples include Planned Parenthood, who distributed condoms to students, and Secular Student Alliance, which distributed fliers denying the existence of God.
“They (Boise State officials) believe that the topic Abolitionists4Life is discussing is controversial,” Kupec said. “So they decided to make them put
Kupec believes that is unconstitutional.
The group filed this lawsuit in hopes of changing Boise State’s current policy regarding these events; they also hope this
action will help stop the discrimination against Abolitionists4Life by school
Although the First Amendment protects free speech, the images displayed by this group were graphic, causing not only university officials to speak out about the issue but students as well. Jake Wolford, president of Secular Student Alliance, protested the events last spring and questioned whether the images displayed were suitable, even with the warning signs.
“Just having these huge pictures of aborted fetuses is gross,” Wolford said. “Is this even OK?”