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PRICE OF VALUES    Volume II, Issue 4

On January 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the sixth Circuit ruled in favor of Julea Ward, an Eastern Michigan University graduate student represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys after she was expelled from a counseling program for her religious beliefs.

Ward, an honors student, offered to circumvent a possible conflict of interest by referring a potential client seeking advice on a homosexual relationship to another counselor. In response, the school mocked her Christian views and tried to force her into a remediation program. Upon refusing, she was kicked out of the program.

In a strongly worded opinion, the court reversed a district court decision in favor of the university and sent the case back for trial. “A reasonable jury could conclude that Ward’s professors ejected her from the counseling program because of hostility toward her speech and faith,” the court said. “A university cannot compel a student to alter or violate her belief systems based on a phantom policy as the price for obtaining a degree ... tolerance is a two-way street.”

 

 

ALLIANCE PROFILE    Volume V, Issue 1

Ally Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), enjoyed a remarkable blessing this spring as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed four CAP-endorsed bills into law — all of them written with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.

Two of the bills protect life. SB 1009 prohibits district and charter schools from endorsing or providing financial or instructional support to any program that doesn’t present childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion. HB 2036 bans all abortions after 20 weeks.

Those victories come on the heels of last fall’s Abortion Consent Act, another ministry-assisted pro-life bill so comprehensive it led to several Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to no longer perform abortions — and a more-than-one-third decrease in the number of abortions performed statewide.