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OneNewsNow: “After Oklahoma State University officials prevented Cowboys for Life from displaying photos of aborted fetuses in high-traffic areas, the group complained. Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom says they filed a lawsuit because the school threatened them with disciplinary action because of the group’s pushback.”
Campus Reform: “‘Universities should promote the free exchange of ideas, not exile views they don’t like to isolated places on campus,’ said Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham.”
The Daily O’Collegian: “A settlement filed between Cowboys for Life and OSU on Feb. 28 amends the OSU Student Code of Conduct and requires the university pay $25,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom, a ministry that advocates for religious liberty.”
Associated Press: “As part of the settlement, OSU has agreed to update its student code of conduct policy, drop any verbal warnings against the organization from the event in question and pay $25,000 in legal fees to Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the student group.”
A new legal settlement means pro-life student groups will no longer face disruption of their pro-life events and displays at Oklahoma State University. Cowboys for Life, a student organization represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, filed a federal lawsuit against the university last year after officials there took numerous actions to impede and disrupt the group’s pro-life displays on campus.
Samantha Harris at FIRE: “According to the lawsuit, brought by Alliance Defending Freedom, OSU used its free speech policies to prevent Cowboys for Life from displaying abortion-related photos and distributing pro-life literature on campus.”
University settles with pro-life student group over alleged crackdown on abortion display | The Blaze
The Blaze: “‘OSU needs to learn that it does not have free reign to censor its students,’ Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Travis Barham said when the lawsuit was filed last year. ‘It can’t exile displays to remote areas of campus, or restrict students from distributing literature just because the hyper-sensitive feelings of a university administrator got ruffled.’”
LifeSiteNews: “With the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, CFL filed a lawsuit in federal court on January 25, Cowboys for Life v. Sampson. The lawsuit would have struck down two campus policies preventing students from presenting their views and requested $10,000 in damages.”
Tulsa World: “Oklahoma State University officials and an anti-abortion student group reached a settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit Friday, part of which stipulates OSU must change its code of conduct and pay legal fees to an organization involved in a federal lawsuit fighting same-sex marriage in Oklahoma . . . Representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom, who helped the student plaintiffs find local legal representation, said at the time the case was a “textbook violation” of the First Amendment.”
Travis Barham appeared on the Zeb Bell Show to discuss the Cowboys for Life case at Oklahoma State University. | MP3 audio 13:35 mins
Campus Reform: Travis Barham, the litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cowboys for Life, told Campus Reform he thinks the school broke the law by placing unreasonable restrictions on students’ First Amendment rights. “The university doesn’t require this of other groups, they made up special restrictions for this pro-life group…simply because of the content and the viewpoint of what the Cowboys for Life were trying to say,” Barham said.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Travis Barham says school officials claimed other students might be “offended” by the pro-life message. “OSU needs to learn that it does not have free reign to censor its students,” he insists. “It can’t exile displays to remote areas of campus, or restrict students from distributing literature just because the hyper-sensitive feelings of a university administrator got ruffled.”
Daily Caller: An attorney on the side of the plaintiffs, Travis Barham, describes the case as a “textbook violation” of the First Amendment.
LifeNews: “Universities should promote, not quarantine, the free exchange of ideas,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham. “Oklahoma State University does not have free reign to censor students. The university can’t exile this club’s displays or restrict students from distributing literature simply because their materials challenge a narrow orthodoxy or offend the hyper-sensitive feelings of administrators.”
Cowboys for Life wrangles outlaw administrators at Okla. State University | Alliance Defending Freedom
Cowboys for Life, a student organization represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, has filed a federal lawsuit against Oklahoma State University after school officials took numerous actions to impede and disrupt the group’s pro-life displays on campus.