LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A government-run bus company in Indiana that had been sued for rejecting a proposed advertisement showing the personhood and humanity of the unborn has amended its policy and will now allow the advertisement after all.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented Tippecanoe County Right to Life in court, announced on Thursday that CityBus has not only agreed to allow the ad, but to also pay “certain attorneys fees and damages” under a legal settlement.
“It’s a scientific fact that unborn babies are just as human as the newborn babies we cherish, and Tippecanoe County Right to Life’s ad shares that truth in a compelling way,” ADF Legal Counsel Samuel Green said in a statement. “We are thankful that CityBus is now allowing this educational message to reach people as they study, shop, and commute. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their beliefs or their viewpoint.”
As previously reported, in 2017, the Tippecanoe County Right to Life contacted CityBus to inquire about advertising options. The discussion progressed and Tippecanoe County Right to Life was provided with a contract to move forward. A representative provided the selected design and signed the contract.
The advertisement was comprised of three photos, two of which show ultrasounds of an unborn child with the words “me” and “me again” superimposed on each, followed by a photograph of a newborn that reads “still me.” The name Tippecanoe County Right to Life appears below the graphic,
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