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Veracity Of Abortion Political Ads Case Going To High Court

An anti-abortion group challenged an Ohio law banning false statements by political campaigns.

The Associated Press: Court To Weigh Challenge To Ban On Campaign Lies
The Ohio law makes it illegal to knowingly or recklessly make false statements about a candidate during an election. ... The case began during the 2010 election, when the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, planned to launch a billboard campaign accusing then-Democratic Rep. Steven Driehaus of supporting taxpayer-funded abortion because he backed President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (Hanenhel and Yen, 4/16).

Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court to Consider Challenge To Law Barring Campaign Falsehoods
The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion." The statement was false, Driehaus said, since under the law no federal funds can be spent to pay for abortions (Savage, 4/15).

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