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Should a Girl Have a Right to Wear Pro-Life Shirt to School?

When she was in the seventh grade last year, Anna Amador wore this graphic t-shirt to school for National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day. Her principal ordered her to change out of the "growing, growing, gone" shirt, a decision Anna's mom says violated her First Amendment rights. Now, on Anna's behalf, her mom is suing the school in federal court.

The school claims that the t-shirt, which shows a growing fetus, violated dress-code regulations against clothing with suggestions of "tobacco, drug or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, vulgarity, or other inappropriate subject matter." It seems like the shirt falls under these broad rules, but the girl argues that the school inconsistently applied the dress code based on the subjective opinions of officials.

Do you think Anna had a right to wear this shirt?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
And of the 100 total 3rd trimester abortions in the US every year, do you know how many are done to protect the mother? How many of the 2nd trimester ones are for medical reasons? The center shirt picture aren't an accurate description though of the most common abortions... if the shirt was specifically targeting 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions, yeah, it would be effective, but it's not. The 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions are not irrelavent but putting the "extreme" cases doesn't add to the credibility. I was looking up more details and those stats are old, the number was down to 1.2 in 2005.
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
And the 2nd picture on the shirt, doesn't it seem like a fetus who's at about 20 weeks? A vast majority of abortions are done in the 1st trimester, way before the baby has developed that much. Statistic from US: "Of the 1.6 million abortions performed in the U.S. each year, 91 percent are performed during the first trimester (12 or fewer weeks' gestation); 9 percent are performed in the second trimester (24 or fewer weeks' gestation); and only about 100 are performed in the third trimester (more than 24 weeks' gestation), approximately .01 percent of all abortions performed. " So that shirt doesn't really do much for me... it's not an accurate picture of the most common abortions.
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
Symphonee pointed out a crucial detail, she goes to a K-8 school, not a 7th - 8th grade middle school, little children will be seeing it. School dress codes are in place for a reason. If that girl wanted to wear her shirt, fine, but not at school, save it for the mall or where ever kids go these days. Pleeb - Actually in my area, it starts in 4th grade WITH permission from parents. I'm almost positive sex education is also optional through middle school here, so who knows, maybe she's not really educated, maybe she's just speaking the views of her parents.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I don't really agree with her wearing it to school. I feel she has every right to wear it out, but not to a school, and not especially to a school that has younger kids in it. These are topics that you discuss with your children on your own time. I dont believe in censorship, like those crazies that want to take books off library shelves, but school isnt the apropriate place for tshirts like this. I woudlnt really feel that strongly about it if it was only a middle school 6-8th grade, to be honest. I would be livid if i had to explain to my young child what abortion was and why a girl had pictures of a baby and then nothing. They are simply too young and sensitive to be forced to deal with the fact that sometimes babies are terminated mid pregnancy, it gets into death, choosing someone elses death, why someone would choose to do it, and a whole bang of other issues.
sham28 sham28 8 years
I think divinedebris made perfect sense. Take an active role in promoting your social and political beliefs but do it outside of freaking middle school.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
To everyone who says that she is old enough to make a decision: What about the kindergarten or third graders who will see her in that shirt and ask questions? Are they old enough? She goes to a K-8 school. No matter how you cut it school is not the place for this shirt.
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
Even if she did make an educated decision, a shirt is not the place to have an argument, and especially not at school. There's a time and place for these things, and that was not it.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
Rather, she said. Pardon me.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
Anonymous, moral issues aside. You said you wish she was aborted. That is disgusting to me. I'm surprised more people aren't speaking out about that comment.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
1- There is a time and a place for things like these, like crusades, but school is not one of them. I find it astonishing that she wore this thinking she was appropriate at all. 2- I do think she has the right to speak her mind, but this goes back to my number one. 3- How would people react to a pro-choice shirt? It could be considerably less offensive in tone but people would still freak out. Bottom line, she will grow up to be a neo-con regardless but the shirt stays at home during school hours.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
This T shirt is going to be worn around 7 and 8 year olds whose parents may not want them exposed to this. She goes to a K-8 school. I am pretty sure that this not appropriate for a 5 year old to see and it definitely is not that little girl's place to explain abortion to that child when they ask.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
Excuse me, you think she should have been aborted for promoting the saving of lives? That's repulsive.
cordata cordata 8 years
Maybe - her shirt screams TARGET for flicking rubber bands at. Who cares about the message - what parent lets their child out of the house wearing a picture of a fetus on their chest?
FaerieBlu FaerieBlu 8 years
I think this girl should have been aborted!
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
The school has a dress code, which she broke. It doesn't matter that it was Nation Pro-Life T-Shirt Day; the school still had a dress code. If you don't like the dress code, you should go to a different school. That shirt is obviously not appropriate for school; use common sense. If there's a club with rules, and you break those rules, it's perfectly reasonable for someone to kick you out of the club. If you don't like the rules, find a different club.
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