FBI reviewing claims that university violated abortion laws

The FBI recently began reviewing allegations that the University of New Mexico illegally procured fetuses from a local abortion clinic to conduct medical research.

In 2016, the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives concluded an investigation that produced evidence suggesting that UNM’s Health Sciences Center had violated both state and federal laws through its relationship with Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO), a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque.

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The Select Panel forwarded criminal referrals based on its findings to relevant officials, including New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, to request further investigation and potential legal action.

“Section 289g-2 requires safeguards be in place, including a concern that too close a relationship might be formed between an abortion clinic and researchers,” wrote Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chair of the Select Panel. “Through its investigation, the Panel has discovered that personnel within UNM’s hospital and medical school have aggressively engaged in expanding abortion in New Mexico through the offices, personnel, and resources of UNM.”

According to LifeNews, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd recently responded to follow-up inquiries sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, confirming that “the Department takes these referrals seriously” and “has brought each of these referrals to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for review and any appropriate follow-up action.”

Boyd further confirmed that the FBI had received the information and passed it along to the relevant field offices, but said Department policy forbade him from disclosing any specific information pertaining to matters “which may or may not be under investigation.”

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Pearce, who has been involved in the UNM controversy from the beginning, applauded the FBI and DOJ in a statement on his website, noting that they are the first agencies to have taken any action on the matter.

“After violations were unearthed between the University of New Mexico Health Center and the Southwestern Women’s Options, the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas took no action

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College closes terrorist art exhibit after receiving threat

John Jay College of Criminal Justice says a threat made via Snapchat has led it to shut down its controversial exhibit of artworks created by current and former Guantánamo Bay detainees.

News of the display provoked public outrage from some families of 9/11 victims, and eventually attracted attention from the U.S. Department of Defense, which expressed concerns that it did not know where proceeds from sales of the art might be going.

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In an email sent Sunday that was obtained by The New York Post, Director of Public Safety Diego Redondo told faculty and staff that "there is no direct credible threat to the College at this point in time,” but advised anyone with “information or concerns relating to this” to contact the Department of Public Safety.

Redondo noted that “the threat was not definitive in terms of whether it was directed at John Jay College or John Jay High School in Brooklyn,” but a faculty member who forwarded the message to the Post pointed out that the threat “comes on the heels of controversy over the Guantanamo Bay art exhibit,” and is therefore “of concern” to the college.

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Out of “an abundance of caution,” the email stated that Public Safety had decided to close the President’s Gallery, the 9/11 Memorial Hall, and the Shiva Gallery as of Monday, adding that the school would also be posting additional security at the entrances to campus, supplemented by an increased presence by the New York Police Department.

The free exhibit—“Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay”—featured thirty-six paintings and sculptures, and was originally scheduled to remain open until January 28, 2018.

The school announced on Twitter Tuesday that all three public galleries would be re-opened as of Wednesday. Campus Reform has reached out to John Jay for additional details, but has not yet received a response.

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College adviser facing charges for disrupting Wintrich event

A Quinebaug Valley Community College adviser faces charges of sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct for stealing the property of conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich during a recent lecture.

Wintrich, on the other hand, who faced a charge of breaching the peace for forcibly attempting to recover the copy of his speech that was stolen by Catherine Gregory, announced Monday that he was cleared of all of charges.

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“Justice prevailed. After my speech was shut down by radicals, Catherine Gregory attempted to steal the only hard copy of my speech,” Wintrich, a White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, wrote in a statement. “In an ironic twist of fate, I was briefly arrested while recovering it. Today, Gregory was arrested and charged and all charges against me were dismissed by the state.”

In a video that has since gone viral, Gregory is shown stealing the speech of off the podium from which Wintrich was attempting to speak over rowdy student protesters, leading Wintrich to attempt to retrieve his property himself.

Two days after the November 28 incident, Gregory’s employer released a statement confirming her affiliation with the college, saying she “attended on her personal time.”

“The college does not condone the behavior and encourages peaceful discourse and compassionate debate. The employee attended the event as a private citizen,” President Carlee Drummer remarked.

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When reached for comment Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Quinebaug Valley Community College informed Campus Reform that it has no statement at this time, nor any update on Gregory’s status at the institution.

According to The Hartford Courant, however, a police arrest affidavit indicates that Gregory is on leave from her job.

Notably, while Gregory is an employee of QVCC, the altercation with Wintrich took place at the nearby University of Connecticut.

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Evergreen prof who berated white colleagues resigns

The Evergreen State College professor who was caught on camera screaming at her white colleagues has elected to resign, according to an internal announcement.

“I am writing to let you know that our faculty colleague Naima Lowe has elected to resign her position at the College,” Provost Jennifer Drake wrote Monday in an email to faculty and administrators, praising Lowe for her work teaching “feminist and queer theory, race, and decolonial studies.”

Lowe’s resignation follows those of Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, both of whom stepped down in September after reaching a $500,000 settlement with the school related to its handling of volatile student protests that forced Weinstein to flee campus for his own safety.

The students were upset with Weinstein for sending a faculty-wide email questioning a recent decision to ask white people to leave campus for a day of diversity programming, which he distinguished from a group voluntarily absenting itself for the same purpose.

[RELATED: VIDEO: White prof harassed for questioning diversity event]

Lowe, a self-described “black queer artist” who taught art and filmmaking classes at Evergreen State, initially came under public scrutiny after she was filmed screaming at two white members of the school’s Equity Council in the wake of the Weinstein controversy.

During the confrontation, Lowe appears to be upset with the lack of diversity work her colleagues were engaged in, yelling that “the Equity Council handed you a way to do this easily” in front of a small crowd that had gathered.

“You are now these motherf***ers that we’re pushing against. You can’t see your way out of your own ass,” Lowe goes on to tell her colleagues, adding that the student protesters “are literally asking for the same s**t students have been asking for since the 70’s.”

[RELATED: Evergreen prof publicly berated peers on ‘Equity Council’]

In another video from 2015, which surfaced amidst the recent turmoil at Evergreen, Lowe can be heard condemning white gays and the white middle class at the Capital City Pride festival in Olympia, Washington.

“White supremacy...lives and breathes within every single white person standing here right now. I refuse to shut my mouth and let white people set this agenda,” she yelled, claiming that “the

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Christian students claim school told them to revise beliefs

A Christian student group has filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa, claiming that the institution broke the law by asking the group to reform its religious beliefs.

According to a lawsuit posted online by a public-interest law firm Becket, the public university de-registered the Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) after an “openly gay” student accused the group of unfairly denying him a leadership position.

“In 2016, a student member of BLinC claimed that he was denied a leadership position because he is ‘openly gay,’” the Monday lawsuit explains. “The charge was false. BLinC declined the student’s request because he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them.”

[RELATED: Prof alleges rampant anti-Christian discrimination in academia]

“In rendering its decision, the University singled out BLinC’s Christian beliefs about sexual morality, finding that these beliefs, on their face, were discriminatory and impermissible,” the 42-page document continues.

The group acknowledges that in order to “guide its work,” it adopted “a Statement of Faith describing what it means to be a disciple of Christ,” describing those beliefs as integral to its purpose.

“The Statement of Faith embraces traditional Christian doctrines, including those concerning the supremacy of the Bible, the Unity of the Trinity, and the availability of salvation through Jesus Christ,” the lawsuit states, noting that the statement also provides teachings that help members with their careers, and encourages the use of “financial resources and personal talents to serve the community.”

The group also stresses that in order to “preserve and fully express its religious mission, BLinC requires all of its leaders (but not members) to affirm that they will embrace and follow the Statement of Faith.”

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According to the lawsuit, “the University singled out BLinC’s Christian beliefs about sexual morality, finding that these beliefs, on their face, were discriminatory and impermissible.”

The school also allegedly told BLinC that in order to maintain its status as an official campus organization, it would have to alter its Statement of Faith a

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