Supreme Court strikes down pledge in return for AIDS money

MARK SHERMAN | AP
Published: 06/21/2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday said the government cannot force private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said the anti-prostitution pledge in a 2003 AIDS funding law improperly restricts the groups’ First Amendment rights.

Four organizations that work in Africa, Asia and South America challenged the provision in the law, arguing their work has nothing to do with prostitution.

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