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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — A federal judge in Memphis opened the door for Kent Pruett to hold a pro-life gathering at a public school facility. The Court granted a Motion for Preliminary Injunction requested by the Center for Religious Expression after Shelby County Schools (SCS) denied Kent Pruett’s application to rent space on school grounds to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 

Pruett used Memphis public school facilities for this same event for the past three decades, but SCS informed Pruett that his event was no longer welcome. Pruett was denied space that others are allowed to use because of the content of his message. The school considered pro-life views “too controversial”.

“We are pleased that Kent Pruett will be allowed access again to public school facilities,” said CRE Chief Counsel Nate Kellum. “Shelby County Schools should not be allowed to deny space to individuals based on their beliefs. The law is clear and we are thankful for the protection of Pruett’s constitutional rights.”

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