Pro-life group loses court fight over bus ads

Monday, January 11, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundA city's decision to ban a pro-life message from its buses could be appealed to a higher court. 

Women's Health Link, a pro-life referral service, was denied the right to advertise its services in Fort Wayne, and a federal court ruled January 5 that it was legal for the city to deny the service.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jonathan Scruggs says Health Link is unsure whether to appeal its case after a federal judge granted summary judgment to transportation company Citilink.

Scruggs says the ADF argued in court that Citilink's decision to prohibit the ads, based on the organization's beliefs, restricts free speech and allows view point discrimination.  

The court's ruling, he says, suggests that Health Link has no First Amendment claim to be included in the bus advertising.

"Of course we disagree with that argument quite vociferously," Scruggs tells OneNewsNow.

The federal judge wrote that Citilink has a policy of prohibiting controversial ads that cover political, religious or moral issues, which he said is legal.

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