Culture wars issues like abortion long have been fought by adults in public arenas. Now, though, abortion is heading to a different kind of public setting: schools.
And recent court cases–one on the heels of the other–involving the students' rights to express their pro-life views could mean that public schools are the "newest battleground over abortion–much to the dismay of beleaguered school officials," writes Charles C. Haynes in a Washington Post column.
Parents of a sixth-grade student in Minnesota have filed suit against their daughter's charter school for allegedly violating her free speech rights when officials stopped her from handing out pro-life fliers. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that school policy requires students to get permission before handing out any materials, but that a school director said "handing them out was not allowed before, during, or after school."
Meanwhile, church youth group students in New Mexico are fighting their schools over the distribution of ...1