FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2014
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of SBA List
SBA List President to Discuss Decision in Press Conference Call
WASHINGTON, DC – This morning the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) has standing to continue its First Amendment challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and attorneys in case, Michael A. Carvin and David R. Langdon, will speak about the decision on a conference call as follows.
WHO: Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List Michael A. Carvin and David R. Langdon, Attorneys in SBA List v. Steve Driehaus
WHAT: Press Conference Call
WHEN: Monday, June 16th, 11:00 AM EST
WHERE: By Phone, Call in #: (800) 501-8979, Access Code 6247615#
The case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Steve Driehaus challenged an Ohio statute that empowers a state agency to determine what constitutes true or false political speech. In 2010, SBA List attempted to erect billboards to expose that former Rep. Steve Driehaus supported taxpayer funded abortion by voting for the Affordable Care Act. SBA List was prevented from doing so because of the Ohio law, and was threatened with prosecution if it engaged in similar speech about Driehaus or other candidates in Ohio.
“Today’s decision by the court is a step toward victory for the freedom of speech and the broad coalition of groups who have supported SBA List throughout this case. The truth or falsity of political speech should be judged by voters, not government bureaucrats,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
“It is beyond dispute that Obamacare contains multiple abortion-funding provisions,” continued Dannenfelser. “This reality will continue to be an issue in the midterm elections and future election cycles. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, SBA List is now one step closer in its quest to unleash the First Amendment from the constraints imposed by Ohio’s unconstitutional false speech statute. We are optimistic that the district court will rule quickly and will side with the First Amendment, so that we may proceed in Ohio – without fear of prosecution – with our ongoing efforts to inform voters that their elected representatives voted for taxpayer funded abortion.”
The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.