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Law firm asks Fargo schools to OK anti-abortion clubs within a week

FARGO-A law firm representing two high school students trying to form anti-abortion clubs is requesting that the Fargo Public School District approve the clubs within a week.

FARGO -- A law firm representing two high school students seeking to form anti-abortion clubs is urging the Fargo Public School District to approve the clubs within a week.
The Thomas More Society, a nonprofit Chicago law firm, sent a letter to the school district’s attorney on Tuesday, asking that the district give the green light to anti-abortion clubs at North and Davies high schools by April 28.
Earlier this month, the law firm claimed the school district violated the constitutional rights of sophomores Brigid O’Keefe and Katie McPherson by not giving official status to the anti-abortion clubs they sought to create. The school district has since said the students can apply to form such clubs.
At Davies, McPherson first tried to start an anti-abortion club in September. On Tuesday, the Thomas More Society submitted an application on her behalf, saying school administrators had previously not let her apply.
At North, O’Keefe applied to form an anti-abortion club in February, but school administrators denied her application, which the school district said was incomplete. In its letter Tuesday, the Thomas More Society asked the district to approve O’Keefe’s application, saying it had been denied before because of fears the club would be religious or controversial.
A phone message left for the school district’s attorney, Joseph Wetch, was not returned Tuesday. A school district spokeswoman declined to comment on the law firm’s request.
In response to the law firm’s initial allegations, the school district has said it would never intentionally discriminate against a student group. And the district announced plans to create a task force to review its policies on student clubs.

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