Jackson Town Council allows abortion display, but not during elk antler auction

Apr 17, 2012

Jackson Town Councilors voted Monday to allow a ten-by-eighty-foot display, which could include graphic images of fetuses, on the Town Square. Texas-based Operation Save America would be allowed to put up the anti-abortion display for four days in May. But the council denied the group's request to set it up on a Saturday during the Boy Scouts annual elk antler auction.

Councilors said the content was not the problem, but that the display would compete for space with the Boy Scouts' event.

Councilor Mark Obringer stressed that pro-life protestors could still come to the square. 

"It does not prohibit anybody from walking around introducing themselves, passing out brochures at any point... or carrying signs," Obringer said.

The decision comes after Operation Save America won a ruling earlier this month from the Wyoming Supreme Court saying that the anti-abortion protestors' first amendment rights were violated by efforts last year to keep the group from showing graphic images at the Boy Scout event.