Justices Mull Whether AIDS Funding Ban Harms Free Speech

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether a ban on federal anti-AIDS funding to private health organizations that don’t explicitly oppose prostitution or sex trafficking violates the First Amendment, as the nonprofit groups that oppose the ban argue.

The court heard oral arguments Monday from Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan on behalf of the federal government, which is defending the clause in the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act that enacted the ban.

Srinivasan argued that Congress' decision to limit its anti-AIDS funding to...
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