Policy & Politics
Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Pledge, Saying it Violates First Amendment Free Speech Rights
June 21, 2013
"In a ruling [.pdf] backing robust free speech rights for recipients of government funds, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the federal government's requirement that groups accepting U.S. aid declare their opposition to prostitution," Politico reports. "In a 6-2 decision, the justices found a 2003 law violated the First Amendment by demanding that groups receiving funding to fight HIV, AIDS and certain other diseases affirmatively reject prostitution," the news service notes (Gerstein, 6/21). Under PEPFAR, "organizations receiving ... U.S. funding had to comply with two separate conditions laid out by Congress,"View Full Article
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