Anti-abortion student group files federal lawsuit against Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Students for Life, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a federal lawsuit this week against members of the Chemeketa Board of Education and other school officials, challenging the college’s policies that restrict outdoor speech.

Student groups are limited to two quad areas on Salem’s campus, known for increased foot traffic, and are required to secure permission in advance to speak in those areas. There is an additional indoor area permitted.

The plaintiffs claim these policies have prevented their club members from engaging in “spontaneous expression” and promoting their events. 

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(Why do journalists use “anti-abortion” instead of “pro-choice” and “pro-abortion rights” instead of “pro-choice”? Learn here.)

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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