The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) was victorious in its legal battle against Ohio’s “false statement” law, which previously allowed a politically-appointed government panel to determine true or false political speech. Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of SBA List in the case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Ohio Elections Commission, striking down the Ohio law as unconstitutional, and leaving the SBA List and others free to engage in the public square without fear of prosecution.
“After four years and a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, today we finally have a victory for free speech,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
Judge Black quoted this statement from the SBA List oral arguments in his decision: “[We are not] arguing for a right to lie. We’re arguing that we have a right not to have the truth of our political statements be judged by the Government.”