Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Permanent Injunction Permits Anti-Abortion Literature Distribution At School
In M.A.L. v. Kinsland, (ED MI, March 19, 2007), a Michigan federal court converted its January preliminary injunction into a permanent injunction, barring a Monroe, MI middle school from enforcing its policy on distribution of non-school sponsored literature. (See prior posting.) The ruling permits a student to distribute anti-abortion literature before and after school, and during the lunch period. It also permits him to wear a sweat shirt carrying the slogan "Pray to End Abortion" and to place tape on his wrists, but not on his mouth. The school retains the right to control these activities only if they they threaten or pose material and substantial disruptions of discipline or intrude on other students' rights. The case grew out of a student's participation in last year's Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. A release by Alliance Defense Fund announced the court's ruling.