The United States Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right to free speech as applied to pro-life political speech in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The controversial case sprung from the Ohio election commission’s decision that the pro-life advocacy organization’s statements about an incumbent Congressman’s voting record were a violation of state law.
“This decision is a victory for the Susan B. Anthony List and for pro-life advocates everywhere,” declared Dana Cody, president and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, filer of an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief in support of the Susan B. Anthony List, in conjunction with the Bioethics Defense Fund. Cody added, “Today the Justices acknowledged the harm that occurs when free-speech is chilled by the threat of prosecution. Susan B. Anthony List has won the opportunity to challenge Ohio’s election law and thereby to speak the truth about our elected leaders in the future.”
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