An Indiana-based pro-life group will now be allowed to run an ad on the sides of buses featuring two images of human fetuses after being initially rejected by a public transportation system.
The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation, also called CityBus, recently agreed to allow an ad from Tippecanoe County Right to Life less than a year after the pro-life group filed a lawsuit against them.
Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Samuel Green, whose law firm represented Right to Life, celebrated CityBus’ decision in a statement released Thursday.
“We are thankful that CityBus is now allowing this educational message to reach people as they study, shop, and commute. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their beliefs or their viewpoint,” stated Green.
Right to Life’s ad features photos of three babies, two in the womb and one newborn. The first photo, a sonogram image, has the caption “Me.” The second says “Me, again” while the newborn photo says “Still Me.”
Last July, Right to Life filed the lawsuit against CityBus in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, arguing that the bus system discriminated against them for refusing to run the ad.
“By rejecting TCRTL’s educational ad while accepting other educational ads and ads that are explicitly political, CityBus violated TCRTL’s constitutional rights and discriminated against TCRTL by denying it equal access to CityBus’s advertising forum,” read the complaint.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski