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Antiabortion Group Wants Supreme Court To Review Ohio Political Speech Law

Antiabortion Group Wants Supreme Court To Review Ohio Political Speech Law

August 12, 2013 — Susan B. Anthony List on Thursday said it will ask the Supreme Court to review an Ohio law that prohibits groups from making inaccurate claims about political candidates, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Former Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) invoked the law to block SBA List from erecting billboards that accused him of supporting taxpayer-funded abortions because he voted for the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). Driehaus said the group's claim was false because federal law already prohibits the use of public funding for most abortions.

According to SBA List, the Ohio law violates its First Amendment right to free speech. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the group's attempt to challenge the statute on those grounds.

In a statement, SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, "Driehaus was originally opposed to the Affordable Care Act because it did not contain specific language preventing the funding of abortion, and that never changed." She added, "We sought to inform voters in his district of Driehaus' vote for the bill he said [he] could not support" (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 8/8).