GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — CityBus and Tippecanoe County Right to Life have reached a settlement at the US District Court's Lafayette Division.
As we reported in July 2018, Right to Life filed the lawsuit claiming CityBus violated its first amendment rights when it rejected the groups anti-abortion ads for placement on the buses.
CityBus claimed the advertisements violated its policy regarding what can and cannot be shown on the buses.
Right to life argued that the group had run ads with political viewpoints in the past.
The settlement states CityBus has agreed to run Right to Life's desired advertisement for up to 16 months.
An attorney for CityBus issued a statement.
"CityBus's mission is to provide excellent, low-cost public transportation to the people of the Greater Lafayette area," said Jason Ramsland. "CityBus is not in the business of litigating constitutional issues, and the matter with the Tippecanoe County Right to Life has been resolved to allow CityBus to focus on its mission. Going forward, CityBus's policy is to permit only commercial advertising in its advertising spaces, subject to certain other limitations in its policy."
We also reached out to Right to Life for comment but have yet to hear back.