FREE SPEECH — WorldNetDaily.com reports that anti-abortion activists have the right to display grisly photos of the procedure publicly, according to an appeals court ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to stand.
In July, the 9th Circuit reversed a lower court decision and found that pro-life activists had a constitutional right to display large graphic photos of aborted babies on public streets adjacent to Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Law enforcement officers summoned by school officials detained for 75 minutes two members of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Inc., a California-based pro-life organization. The CBR members had been driving a box-body style truck that displayed large photos of first-term aborted babies on its sides.
The school officials as well as sheriff's department officials in Los Angeles alleged the photos were "disruptive," but the appeals court found deputy sheriffs violated the pro-lifer's First Amendment rights to free speech and the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable police seizures.