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Pro-Life Democrat Loses Defamation Battle with Susan B. Anthony List

Court: People have First Amendment right to "even false speech, when it applies to politics.”
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A federal court has ruled against a former pro-life congressman, Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), who sued the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBAL) for defamation that allegedly contributed to his election defeat in 2010.

Driehaus, a pro-life Democrat, sued SBAL over an ad campaign that he said cost him his job and a "loss of livelihood." The ad targeted Dreihaus's vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); SBAL equates support for the act with support for taxpayer-funded abortions. "Shame on Steve Dreihaus," read the ad. "Dreihaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion."

Dreihaus, part of a group of Democrats that supported a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion yet–when this provision failed to pass–still voted in favor of the final health care reform bill, argued that, given his pro-life beliefs, the ad amounted to defamation.

But district judge Timothy Black recently ruled to dismiss the case. According to Fox News, Black's ruling stated that "associating a political candidate 'with a mainstream ...

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