Live Action Responds to Community College’s Censorship of Its Pro-Life Magazine

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BROOKLYN, N.Y.,  March 24 — Kingsborough Community College has reversed their ban on student Joseph Hayon’s distribution of a pro-life magazine after receiving a letter from the Alliance Defense Fund. On September 24th the Kingsborough Community College, located in Brooklyn, New York, ordered Joseph Hayon to stop distributing copies of Live Action’s national pro-life magazine, “The Advocate.”  Live Action encouraged Hayon to call the Alliance Defense Fund to ensure that his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech were upheld.

On Hayon’s behalf, the Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter on March11th to the Community College explaining that under the First Amendment “KCC simply cannot silence speech because some people find it offensive.”

After receiving the letter from ADF, the Kingsborough Community College reversed their ban and said they would respect Hayon’s right to distribute “The Advocate”.

Lila Rose, UCLA student and President of Live Action, comments: “We are encouraged that Joseph used his voice for voiceless preborn children and was not silenced even when threatened. Institutions of higher learning should welcome open dialogue, not suppress it. We are thankful to the Alliance Defense Fund for vindicating Joseph’s rights. May more young people stand up and speak out for the rights of the unborn!”

“The Advocate” is distributed quarterly to tens of thousands of students across the country. Created by students, for students, it includes pro-life facts and news, cutting edge research, personal stories, and investigative reporting.

Related Documents:

ADF Press Release: NY college reverses course, allows free speech
http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=5237

Live Action’s Pro-Life Magazine: The Advocate
http://liveaction.org/advocate