The mother of a seventh-grader in California is suing her daughter’s school for their response to her wearing a pro-life t-shirt to school. The shirt had the word “ABORTION” in large block letters at the top. Below were two pictures of a developing fetus in utero, then a black square, with the caption, “Growing…growing…gone.”

Upon seeing the t-shirt, a school staffer forced the girl to throw away her partially-consumed breakfast and report to the principal’s office, where she was forced to remove the t-shirt and surrender it to school officials for the remainder of the day. The school claims their actions were justified because the girl’s t-shirt violated the district dress code, which forbids clothing with “suggestion of tobacco, drug or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, vulgarity, or other inappropriate subject matter.”


How do pictures of a baby in utero fall into those categories?

Even the local Planned Parenthood chapter did not protest the t-shirt; their Vice President for Public Affairs had the good sense to admit that, “Even offensive speech is protected as long as it doesn’t impinge upon the rights of others.” (I’m still not sure how pictures of a baby are offensive, but at least they got the free speech part right).

Further details can be found here.

Sadly, I’m pretty sure that had this been a pro-choice, pro-gay, or pro-any other part of the left agenda t-shirt, it would have been allowed and even celebrated as an example of “tolerance,” “open-mindedness,” or another leftist buzzword. Here’s an idea, folks – unless you can be tolerant of everyone’s point of view, you’re not tolerant at all. You might even be violating their First Amendment rights.