A Scottsdale-based group that defends religious liberty filed a federal appeal this week on behalf of an Arizona State University pro-life student organization.
The Alliance Defense Fund filed the appeal Tuesday in the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The alliance lost its original lawsuit, filed in July 2006 on behalf of ASU Students for Life.
Students in the group allege that university officials discriminated against them and made it difficult for them to express their views against abortion. The students said they were forced to jump through bureaucratic hoops that were not in written policy in order to reserve space on campus to display a pro-life exhibit.
The exhibit was designed by a nonprofit anti-abortion group called Justice for All.
Justice for All shows pictures of its exhibits at www.jfaweb.org, but not before warning viewers that the exhibits contain “disturbing photographic images of real victims of abortion and genocide.”
The students allege that ASU officials told them that they needed to obtain insurance and pay a fee before showing the display. They also said they were restricted to reserving one space for the display.
ASU officials declined to comment on the original case or the appeal because the case is ongoing.
Alliance Defense Fund officials did not return phone calls seeking comment on the appeal.