Shifting rationale behind crackdown on pro-choice protest at Loyola University New Orleans raises concerns

Graham Piro
Foundation for Individual Rights in Expression

Excerpt: An incident involving a crackdown on a pro-choice protest at Loyola University New Orleans, a Catholic and Jesuit institution, raised FIRE’s hackles given the university’s fairly strong promises of free expression and administrators’ changing story.

Loyola’s student newspaper, The Maroon, reported on a situation in which student Elena Voisin was handing out flyers on campus to promote a pro-choice march organized by the Louisiana Abortion Rights Action Committee. Ken Weber, Loyola’s associate director of student life, ordered Voisin to stop handing out the flyers because they conflict with the university’s Jesuit values. Voisin complied, but continued to verbally promote the march, at which point two police officers ordered Voisin to stop.