Pro-Life T-Shirt Day Coming to Schools

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group is calling on young people nationwide to wear t-shirts with pro-life messages to their high schools and colleges Tuesday as part of American Life League's National Pro-Life T-shirt Day.

The group's director of youth outreach, Erik Whittington, calls it "an amazing opportunity for the youth of this country to publicly express their support for the protection of each and every human being's life - from fertilization to natural death.

"This one single day can save the lives of an untold number of preborn babies by displaying the truth about the tragedy of abortion," Whittington added.

ALL notes that in the past pro-life students participating in the Pro-Life T-shirt day had their free-speech rights suppressed by school administrators. Some have been threatened with detention, suspension or even expulsion for wearing shirts with pro-life messages.

"There is absolutely nothing illegal about wearing a pro-life T-shirt to any public school," said Whittington, who added that the Thomas More Law Center has offered assistance "in a number of these instances."

"We have asked students who are participating in this year's event to contact American Life League immediately if they encounter any problems with school administrators," concluded Whittington.

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