Tuesday, January 6, 2009

abortion and free speech

From Lynn Vincent in World, a (court) victory for a liberal approach to free speech, education, and science...

In a ruling that surprised some observers, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of a pro-life group to display photos showing the bodies of babies dismembered during abortions....The case involved police detention for 75 minutes of two Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR) pro-life activists who in March circled Rancho Palos Verdes Middle School in Los Angeles, driving a large truck displaying on three sides photos of aborted babies.

...violated the demonstrators' First and Fourth Amendment rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures....

CBR executive director Gregg Cunningham defended the use of the photos: "There are some realities which cannot be adequately communicated with words alone," he said. "Students who are old enough to have an abortion are old enough to see an abortion."


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