TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (CBS Atlanta) – A University of Alabama student group is upset after a school official removed a pro-life hallway display deeming it “offensive.”
The group, Bama Students for Life, wasn’t notified about the display removal. It featured various abortion-related facts, photos of women who died as a result of having an abortion, and two small pictures of aborted babies.
“Students have a right to express the truth about abortion’s harmful effects on the defenseless humans it kills and their mothers,” Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life, explained. “Bama Students for Life will continue to stand against this censorship and we are optimistic that The University of Alabama will help us right this wrong.”
The group provided a letter to the university to register a formal complaint about the incident. In the letter addressed to Carl Bacon, the director of the Ferguson Center where the display was prior to removal, Bama Students for Life cite that they went through the proper procedures and obtained permission to use the display case.
“However, on Thursday morning, we discovered that our display had been removed by university employees,” the letter stated. “We were directed to Ms. Donna Lake’s office, where she explained that she had received complaints about our pro-life display. Ms. Lake claimed that according to “policy,” displays cannot be “offensive” or “graphic.” She said that we were “lucky” to have been allowed to have it up for as long as we did.”
Bama Students for Life claim the removal of the display case is a violation of the group’s First Amendment right to free speech and want the display to be put back.
“We are asking that you respond to us by Monday, February 17th and issue an apology for removing our pro-life display without any notice,” the letter continues. “We would also like to put up our display in the Ferguson Center display case during the next available slot. Thank you for helping us right this wrong.”
It’s unclear if the University of Alabama has responded to the student organization’s request to have the display put back.