University of Alabama-Birmingham Arrests Pro-Life Advocates Protesting Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 27, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

University of Alabama-Birmingham Arrests Pro-Life Advocates Protesting Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 27
, 2010

Birmingham, AL (LifeNews.com) — Officials at the University of Alabama-Birmingham are coming under fire for arresting pro-life young adults hoping to share the pro-life perspective with students on campus. Members of the pro-life group Survivors returned to the streets of Birmingham last Thursday to participate in a series of pro-life events.

A consent agreement reached between the city and the group ensured city police would not interfere with the expressive activities of the pro-life youth group.

The city abided by the agreement and the Survivors were able to educate the public and show the truth about abortion, but that was overshadowed by what the organization is calling the unwarranted arrest of two of its members by UAB officials on Monday.

UAB administrators ordered the young people off of the campus — claiming that the public university was actually “private property.”

When Survivors staffer Kristina Garza asked the UAB administrator what right he had to order the group off of public property, the UAB official refused to speak with Garza and would not provide his name to her.

UAB police responded to the call by administrators and within two minutes arrested the two activists for failing to heed the demand to leave the campus and for videotaping the incident.

Attorneys with the Life Legal Defense Fund made several calls to UAB’s general counsel and, within a few hours, the pro-life advocates were released from jail with no criminal charges.

LLDF Executive Director Dana Cody informed LifeNews.com of the incident.

“While we are pleased that the University of Alabama-Birmingham police have released the two pro-life demonstrators, there is clearly more work to be done in Birmingham," she said.

“We will be working to ensure that the University of Alabama-Birmingham follows in the steps of the city of Birmingham and allows these young people to peacefully exercise their free speech rights on the public campus when the Survivors’ Campus Life Tour returns to Birmingham this fall," she added.

Related web sites:
Life Legal Defense Foundation – https://lldf.org

 

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