Anti-Abortion Group Sues Oklahoma State University

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

An anti-abortion group is suing Oklahoma State University, saying university officials refused to allow them to distribute leaflets on campus.

Cowboys for Life, an OSU student organization, claims university officials singled the group out because it opposes abortion rights. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Oklahoma City.

The group seeks to have OSU's facilities use policy — the policy that dictates when and how groups may use university facilities — declared invalid. The group also is seeking $10,000 in damages.

The group had sought to hand out leaflets and carry signs in October at three locations on campus. The lawsuit alleges Kent Sampson, OSU's director of campus life, refused to allow the group to display graphic images in heavily trafficked areas of campus.

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