CYPRESS LAKE, Florida, March 31, 2004 ( – An eighth-grader is suing Cypress Lake Middle School for forbidding her from distributing pro-life literature on April 16—a “Day of Remembrance” for children killed by abortion.  The suit states that Michelle Heinkel “has a sincere religious belief that abortion is wrong, and is sinful,” prompting her to distribute information that warns of the dangers “both to babies and to mothers who abort their babies.”  The sixth annual Day of Remembrance event marks the deaths of more than 40 million children who have been killed by abortion in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Students around the U.S. will pass out pro-life literature in their schools with the message, “it could have been you.”  Liberty Counsel’s Mathew D. Staver, acting in Michelle’s defense, told News-Press that   “She wants to pass out some fliers to her friends during non-class time asking people to remember those who have been affected by abortion and to pray for them. Students have the right to engage in free speech and she should be able to engage in free speech by talking to her classmates and the distribution of literature,” Staver said.  School attorney Keith Martin claims that “When items are distributed in the hallway or wherever the case may be, we have a distraction. It has nothing to do with the viewpoint being espoused by this particular student. It’s a consistent policy,” he said.  A hearing is scheduled for April 12th.  Read local coverage:   Read related coverage “Pro-Life UBC Students Sue Over Freedom Of Speech,” at:


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