Thursday, January 15, 2009

Supreme Court: You Can't Censor the Pictures [SK]

From an email from The Center for Bioethical Reform:

The U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld the rights of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) to display graphic abortion photos in public.

In July 2008, a panel of California judges ruled that pro-life activists could not show their graphic signs depicting aborted babies in a location adjacent to a middle school. (In California, school officials can take a middle school child for an abortion without the parents' consent or knowledge.) The case involved a 75-minute police detention of two staff members of CBR who had been driving a box-bodied truck that displays large photos of first-term aborted babies on its sides and back.

The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, brought the case on behalf of CBR. "This is a tremendous victory for the First Amendment and the pro-life movement," said Robert Musie, trial counsel for CBR’s case.

Why is this important? Because CBR is setting precedent in the US for future generations to lawfully display abortion images in the public square.

For stories on the ruling, go here and here and here.

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