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University pays legal fees, changes policy after pro-life students sue for viewpoint discrimination

The lawsuit alleged discrimination, because groups supporting “welfare rights, women’s and abortion rights, student activist training, and race-conscious issues, just to name a few,” received college funding.
Fri Nov 22, 2013 - 5:43 pm EST

YPSILANTI, MI, November 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Eastern Michigan University has agreed to pay the legal fees of a student pro-life group and to change its policy after the group says EMU denied a college grant so it could erect a pro-life display on campus.

Earlier this year, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of the university’s Students for Life chapter after the group was denied $5,000 for a pro-life display highlighting abortion, the Holocaust, and other genocides.

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The lawsuit alleged discrimination, since groups supporting “welfare rights, women’s and abortion rights, student activist training, and race-conscious issues, just to name a few,” received funding.

The funding was denied through the student government.

University and student officials said the display was controversial and “a little biased.”

A university spokesperson said the student government has modified its policies so access to grants is more consistent. The university is covering the Student for Life organization’s $3,000 in legal fees.\

The Students for Life chapter eventually received a grant for its display. The Genocide Awareness display was held in April.  

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