Saturday, October 23, 2010

If You Lie Down With Dogs*, You Will Get Up With Fleas*

This is an amusing story. Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus aligns himself with the likes of the Susan B. Anthony List and its quest to oppress and demean pregnant women. He votes in favor of the new health insurance law that denies pregnant women coverage for a common, safe, and effective medical procedure until and unless they perform a dog-and-pony show for the amusement of the masses.

Then Rep. Driehaus gets up only to find out that the Susan B. Anthony List is suing for the right to put up ads containing false statements about him.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A national anti-abortion group blocked from putting up a billboard against a Democratic anti-abortion congressman from Ohio has asked a federal judge to overturn a state election law standing in its way.

The Susan B. Anthony List, based in Washington, D.C., filed the suit after the Ohio Election Commission ruled in favor of GOP-targeted, first-term Rep. Steve Driehaus. The commission said there was probable cause that the planned billboard includes false statements.

Driehaus was one of several anti-abortion Democrats in Congress whose votes sealed the passage of President Barack Obama's health care law, which abortion opponents argue promotes taxpayer funded abortions. He has been the target of abortion opponents since the vote.

In its lawsuit, filed Monday, the anti-abortion group argues that the Ohio law barring false statements about a candidate's voting record is vague and violates free speech. It also says the law is unconstitutional because it does not require the offended candidates to prove actual malice.

The group's billboard says Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion by supporting Obama's health care law. Driehaus said that was not true, and filed the complaint with the commission before the billboards were scheduled to go up.

*With apologies to dogs and fleas everywhere.


At 1:23 AM, Anonymous medical blog said...

In any situation except the political forum, openly spreading lies about your competitor is slander. Why should a political race be different?

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