Duke University: Women’s Center Cancels ‘Motherhood’ Event

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Duke University

Duke Students For Life (DSFL) reserved a space at Duke’s Women’s Center for a “Discussion with a Duke Mother” to take place during the group’s “Week for Life.” The day before the event was to take place, Women’s Center employee Martin Liccardo told DSFL that the event could not be held at the Women’s Center because “We had a very strong reaction from students in general who use our space who said this was something that was upsetting and not OK.” Within hours of FIRE publicizing the case, Women’s Center Director Ada Gregory apologized to DSFL, stating that the viewpoint-based cancellation “should not have occurred” and that she had “taken steps to ensure that such an incident will not happen again.”