Roswell rubber fetuses lawsuit dismissal upheld (UPDATED W/ DOCUMENT)

Posted at: 04/08/2013 12:26 PM
Updated at: 04/08/2013 3:45 PM
By: The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a nationally watched lawsuit in which students in a conservative Roswell religious group challenged school officials' response to their handing out rubber fetuses.

The 10th Circuit of Appeals ruled Monday that a federal magistrate judge was correct in ruling that the Roswell Independent School District had the authority to stop the distribution of 2-inch rubber fetuses at Goddard and Roswell high schools in 2010.

Members of Relentless in Roswell, a youth group affiliated with Church on the Move, sued the school district after officials halted the distribution of the dolls.

The dolls contained a Bible verse and contact information for a Church on the Move-linked pregnancy resource center. Relentless attorneys said the students' rights to free speech were being violated.

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