Gonzaga University Twice Disallows Pro-Life Advertisement in Campus Newspaper
by Steven Ertelt
November 24, 2008
Spokane, WA (LifeNews.com) — Gonzaga University, a prominent Catholic college, is coming under fire for twice denying a pro-life group the ability to run a pro-life advertisement in the student newspaper. Human Life Alliance expects secular colleges to give it trouble but is disgruntled that Gonzaga won’t allow the 12-page supplement to appear.
Joe Langfeld, the deputy director for the Minnesota-based pro-life group that has educated millions of college students with its materials, talked about the problems.
"We’re saddened to learn Gonzaga University, a Catholic school, has refused to accept ‘We Know Better Now,’ our pro-life advertising supplement for ‘The Gonzaga Bulletin,’" he said.
Langfeld told LifeNews.com that, when asked about the reasons for rejecting the ad supplement, he was told that it was rejected because it spoke negatively about pro-abortion groups.
"There are articles in the insertion that cast a negative light on various organizations or individuals. While these statements may be true, we simply cannot insert them in our paper per our advertising policies," newspaper officials said.
Langfeld said it is no surprise that the supplement criticizes abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which mislead women about the risks of and alternatives to abortion.
"Of course some statements in our publication are objectionable to ‘various organizations or individuals.’ We present documented truth about the largest abortion chain in the nation, Planned Parenthood," he said.
"The business of abortion is ugly and we think college and university students have a right to read the facts from someone other then abortion providers," he added.
"As a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students on the humanity of the pre-born child and gruesome realities of abortion we use college newspapers to reach 19- 24 year-olds who are the number one age group of abortion participants," Langfeld concluded.
Related web sites:
Human Life Alliance – https://www.humanlife.org
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