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Citizens Have a Right to Know How Elected Representatives Vote
Life Legal Defense Foundation Defends Susan B. Anthony List's Outing of Congressman's Abortion Vote
Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, tc@tcpr.net
CINCINNATI, March 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Life Legal Defense Foundation has filed a "friends of the court" brief in a controversial case revolving around an Ohio Congressman's vote supporting Obamacare and public opposition to his campaign by the Susan B. Anthony List. The litigation is currently on appeal in federal court in Cincinnati.
In 2010, Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) blamed defeat in his bid for reelection on the Susan B. Anthony List and went so far as to sue the group for defamation. In the lawsuit, Driehaus alleged that the pro-life group - committed to electing pro-life candidates - cost him his job and a "loss of livelihood" by educating constituents about his vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act. One of their efforts consisted of erecting billboards in his district in 2010 stating that by voting for the act, Driehaus voted for taxpayer funded abortion.
The arguments in the case centers around using public information to influence a campaign.
• Abortion Funding in Obamacare
Despite this clear evidence of expanded taxpayer funding of abortion, the outcome of the lawsuits turn on the court opinion about whether the Affordable Care Act does so.
"This brief lays out the numerous ways in which it does expand taxpayer funding," stated Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. "As such, Susan B. Anthony List's political advertisements were objectively true, and this lawsuit is exposed for what it really is--an attack on pro-life speech."
• Legislator Voting Records
The Susan B. Anthony List ran a "Votes Have Consequences" program targeting Democrats who claimed pro-life positions. The purpose of the initiative was to hold Congress members accountable for their votes on Obamacare. In the 2010 election, U.S. Representatives who had supported the Affordable Care Act and its expanded taxpayer funding of abortion were "outed" to their constituents.
• Who Decides Truth?
In a related case, the Susan B. Anthony List is challenging the Ohio election law that allows the Ohio Elections Commission to decide the truth or falsity of some political advertisements. The commission's arbitrary decision that the truth about a Congressman's voting record can be deemed false and thereby illegal to use in countering a political campaign borders on dangerous violation of Constitutionally guaranteed free speech.
"It violates the law for a pro-life political organization to speak the truth about a Congressman's voting record?" questioned Cody. "What has happened to free speech and the marketplace of ideas? We trust that this misguided Ohio law will be overturned and that Susan B. Anthony List and others will be free to speak the truth without fear."
Read more about the case from Attorney Catherine Short, Legal Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation HERE.
Read Life Legal Defense Foundation's amici curiae brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit HERE.
About Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989, and is a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens, committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information about the Life Legal Defense Foundation, visit www.lldf.org.