BLOGFreedom Matters Podcast: Defending Life in Congress and on College Campuses

By Bob Trent Posted on: | May 25, 2017

This week on Freedom Matters, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-MO, and Dr. Mike Adams join the show.

Congresswoman Hartzler sits on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. A staunch defender of the sanctity of life, she also played an important role on the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which looked into the medical practices of abortionists and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts.

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Initiative," which broadens the Mexico City Policy that previously covered only family planning funds to now cover all foreign health assistance provided by government agencies, including the State Department, U.S.A.I.D., the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the Department of Defense. The Mexico City Policy blocks U.S. federal funding for NGOs that provide abortion services or advocate to expand abortion.

Dr. Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington, frequently received accolades from his colleagues after the university hired him as an assistant professor in 1993 and promoted him to associate professor in 1998. At the time he was an atheist, but his conversion to Christianity in 2000 impacted his views on political and social issues.

After this, he was subjected to intrusive investigations, baseless accusations, and the denial of promotion to full professor, even though his scholarly output surpassed that of almost all of his colleagues. In a lawsuit filed against the university on Dr. Adams’ behalf, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys contended that the university denied Dr. Adams this promotion because his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views that ran contrary to the opinions held by university officials. In 2014, a federal jury ruled in Dr. Adams’ favor, and the federal court ordered the university to promote him to full professor and pay him $50,000 in back pay.

ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer joins the discussion on the state of speech on college campuses. He just filed suit against California State University San Marcos officials on behalf of a pro-life student organization and its campus president who are prevented from bringing pro-life speakers to campus by the university’s discriminatory funding policies.

The university funds pro-abortion and other favored views with almost $300,000 in mandatory fees charged of all students, but denied Students for Life $500 in funding to host Dr. Adams’ presentation on “Abortion and Human Equality.” 


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Bob Trent

Vice President of Public Relations

Bob Trent serves as vice president of public relations with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Trent oversees all media and public relations efforts for the organization.

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