Library reverses decision to cancel screening of pro-life film
WAUSAU, Wisconsin, April 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Wisconsin library that cancelled the showing of a pro-life movie earlier this week has now rescinded their decision after a lawsuit was filed against them.
The lawsuit was filed by the local chapter of the 40 Days for Life campaign that rented the facility.
The Wausau library had revoked permission at the last minute for the group to host a screening of the film Blood Money on library premises April 3. The library had pointed to a Facebook page indicating that pro-abortion activists were planning on protesting the screening as reason for cancelling the event.
Lawyers with the Thomas More Society (TMS), a pro-life public interest law firm representing the 40 Days for Life chapter, filed the suit earlier this week, which claimed that the library was censoring and suppressing the free speech rights of the Wausau 40 Days for Life.
Scott Corbett of the Marathon County Corporation Counsel said the library has reversed their decision to cancel the event. “The library will honor its original commitment,” Corbett wrote in a letter to the TMS.
“Although the library had legitimate concerns raised by Facebook postings regarding the staging of a protest at the library as a result of your client’s actions, it has been determined that this matter should not be litigated,” wrote Corbett.
“We are pleased that our client’s right to free speech was vindicated. However, it’s disappointing that a federal lawsuit was necessary to prevent a public library from engaging in censorship,” said Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel for the Thomas More Society. “In the end, the library followed its stated policy that meeting rooms are to be allocated without regard to the beliefs of those using them.”