Two students have filed a lawsuit against their Pennsylvania school district for the right to operate a pro-life club according to their proposed mission statement. The lawsuit, filed July 11, came after the district refused to back down from requiring the clubâs policies meet unprecedented standards.
Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer jumped through all the requisite hoops to establish Trojans for Life at Parkland High School in Allentown, Penn., only to have their request denied in March. After attorneys with the Thomas More Society warned the district in a letter that its actions violated the studentsâ constitutional rights, the school backed down but with a caveat.
The club said its mission was to âestablish an active pro-life culture among the youth of our community by educating our peers on life.â But the district demanded the students keep their pro-life message confined to members only...
The district also prohibited the club from fundraising, fearing a possible violation of the Establishment Clause if money raised by the students went to support religiously affiliated pregnancy centers. But Floyd said the law allows student clubs to use raised funds at their discretion.
Administrators called studentsâ plans to sponsor a memorial service outside an abortion center âdangerous,â denied the activity, and declared all club activities subject to district approval.
Floyd said no other Parkland High School club is required to operate under such scrutiny, and the standards violate the districtâs own policy.
Schairer, who will be a senior this fall, hopes to see the club established before she graduates to educate her peers about abortion and offer resources to students facing unplanned pregnancies.
âThe school is treating us like second-class citizens because we want to create a culture of life and be a positive influence to our peers,â she said.
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