UPDATE: Bama pro-life group will have its abortion display restored

Sterling Beard
Director of Journalism Training

  • Display was removed by Ferguson Center because some students found it "offensive."
  • Student group was told they were "lucky to get it up there as long as you did."
  • The director of the University of Alabama’s Ferguson Center has apologized to a pro-life group that had its abortion display secretly removed.

    The display, which had been put up by Bama Students for Life, contained two small photos of aborted babies, pictures of women who have died as a result of abortions, and a photo of convicted late-term abortion physician Kermit Gosnell.

    As previously reported by Campus Reform, the student center took down the display on the grounds that some students had found it offensive, though the university’s display case policy mentions nothing about offensive or graphic content.

    Bama Students for Life President Claire Chretien noticed that the display had been taken down ahead of schedule and spoke with Student Center Event Coordinator Donna Lake, who told her in a recorded conversation that “[y]ou guys were lucky to get it up there as long as you did.”

    The group then wrote to Carl Bacon, the Ferguson Center’s director, complaining about the removal. As reported by The Tuscaloosa News, Bacon responded Monday with an apology and an offer to restore the display for two days. Chretien said the group is planning to put the display back up on Thursday.





    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    Director of Journalism Training
    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's Director of Journalism Training. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he spent time as an editorial associate for National Review Online and as a staff writer at The Hill, where he served as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lyn Nofziger Fellow and regularly appeared across the country on Fox News Radio to provide analysis of current events. In 2017, Sterling was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, one of nine people who "affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017 — and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead."
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