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Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

Kentucky school rejects pro-life flyer with ‘cute animals’ as ‘too controversial’

A high school principal in Kentucky rejected six of seven flyer designs that the Ryle High School Students for Life club wanted to use to advertise its meetings, according to Students for Life of America.

The rejected flyers center on cartoon baby animals holding signs which read “Save the Baby Humans.” The lone flyer approved for posting around the school by Principal Matthew Turner (with “okay” written on a sticky note) features a photo of the Holocaust victim Anne Frank and an inspiring quote attributed to her.

It has no mention of abortion or being pro-life.

Among the rejected flyers featured a popular new meme among young pro-lifers – cartoon baby animals holding signs reading “Save the Baby Humans.” On a sticky note attached to the Mother Teresa flyer, Turner wrote: “Signs are to communicate information about meetings, not to promote or persuade.”

On behalf of Patrick Edwards, a senior at Ryle HS, Alliance Defending Freedom has contacted the school, claiming that Turner unconstitutionally discriminated against Patrick and the Ryle Students for Life club by censoring the placement of pro-life flyers throughout the school.

Two of the flyers deemed "too controversial"

Two of the flyers deemed “too controversial”

“By actively denying Patrick his right to put up pro-life flyers on behalf of the Ryle Students for Life club because they promote the pro-life message is outright discrimination,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.

“The school has no right to censor a message because they deem it to be controversial, as is the case with Mr. Turner at Ryle High School. Unfortunately the school administration has failed to uphold the free speech rights of Patrick and we had to seek legal assistance to make sure that his rights are upheld.”

Turner deemed them “too controversial” and fearing that pro-choice students would feel discriminated against.

“Other student clubs and students have been allowed to post flyers taking various positions and I was specifically told my flyers could not be posted because the issue was too controversial,” said Patrick Edwards, senior at Ryle High School. “I believe it’s important to be able to share positive pro-life messages with my peers, especially with students who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy or know someone who is. Our aim is never to discriminate but to lovingly present the pro-life message and make a positive impact on our school community.”

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