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June 26, 2012
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Lake County Fair Association1060 East Peterson RoadGrayslake, IL 60030
Re: Lake County Right to Life Exhibitor Booth Denial
Dear Lake County Fair Association:We represent Lake County Right to Life (“LCRTL”), a not-for-profit, educational organizationbased in Grayslake, Illinois. LCRTL recently applied for a booth at the Lake County Fair, as it has foreach of the past thirty-seven years, but this year, LCRTL was unjustly and illegally denied a booth thisyear, as described below.LCRTL participates in the fair in order to share valuable health, religious, and religiously basedpolitical information from a pro-life perspective to fair patrons. A central educational feature of LCRTL’s message to fairgoers (who approach the booth to view the message) is a visual description of ahuman baby’s gestational development at seven intervals during pregnancy, using fetal models. (Such“cutaway” models are commonly used in museums and schools to show bodily organs and processesnormally hidden from view.) The fetal models are anatomically accurate and non-controversial, suitablefor viewing by children. Our clients have observed the fetal models being used on many occasions bymothers to describe to their children how babies develop, a topic of natural curiosity to children andadults alike.The utility of the fetal models for presenting LCRTL’s message is that, as a visual aid, they helpto render “self-evident,” in the words of the Framers of the Declaration of Independence, the humanityof the pre-born child in the womb and its inalienable right to life. LCRTL’s ability to communicate itspro-life message is significantly aided by these visual aids, which are common in county fair exhibits.Without them, LCRTL’s ability to communicate its religious pro-life message is crippled, as only avisual model is truly able to show in three dimensions the human “shape” and form of a pre-born humanchild, with inherent humanity and dignity.The models’ importance for LCRTL in visually communicating its pro-life message is such thatLCRTL has displayed these exact fetal models in its booth for
of the past 37 years. Accordingto LCRTL volunteers Bonnie Quirke and Rosemary Simon, who have worked the booth each year,
never has a fairgoer raised a complaint or concern over the models’ appropriateness.
To the contrary,many fairgoers have thanked LCRTL for displaying the models, and several persons have noted that thedisplays enabled them better to understand and appreciate their pregnancies. In fact, the models are sounobjectionable that Ms. Quirke uses them in presentations to school children.