Last Friday, Secular Pro-Life reported that the Earl Macke School of Law at Drexel University was encouraging its students to participate in pro-abortion “public service” projects. One of these projects demonstrated an incredible ignorance of First Amendment law.
I was very disappointed to see that Drexel’s pro bono program encourages students to participate in the “Abortion Clinic Escort Service,” run by Law Students for Reproductive Justice. On your website, students responsibilities in this program are described as follows: “Should a protester violate the First Amendment, the student escort will take a full report and file his or her notes of the incident with the Court” (emphasis added). That is a legal impossibility, as only state actors can violate the First Amendment. This baseless legal threat can only serve to intimidate lawful pro-life protesters. The Abortion Clinic Escort Service project reflects poorly on Drexel’s ability to teach constitutional law, as well as on its commitment to serve the public good.
In addition, I want to make you aware that the Planned Parenthood on Locust Street (located less than 10 minutes from the law school) failed a 2010 health inspection for its failure to provide adequate follow-up care to abortion patients. The Judicial Bypass Intake project, also run by Law Students for Reproductive Justice, facilitates abortions by minors without their parents’ knowledge. If one of those minors were to visit the Locust Street Planned Parenthood, she could find herself in need of emergency care– at which point her parents would certainly need to be involved. The Judicial Bypass Intake project could expose Drexel to significant liability.
I respectfully request that the pro bono program cease referring law students to these two projects, on the ground that they do not serve the public good and are harmful to Drexel’s reputation.