TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- According to court documents, last Fall, Tippecanoe County Right to Life wanted to buy an advertisement to go on the sides of CityBuses.
A sign displaying three photos of a baby at different stages was supposed to travel the city to educate the public about how a child after birth is biologically the same human that he or she was before birth.
However, CityBus rejected the ad, saying it expressed a political viewpoint in violation of the company's advertising policy.
But Right to Life argues CityBus has allowed this before and cites some previous ads that may also violate that same policy.
These include political ads for Mayor Tony Roswarski, Judge Steven Meyer, and IndianaVoters.com.
Other CityBus ads featured an event regarding Indiana's healthcare crisis, controversial HPV vaccinations, and one promoting breast-feeding which, has also prompted political action.
CityBus did try to work with Tippecanoe County Right to life by suggesting another organization sponsor the ad as well as the removal of the words Me, Me Again, and Still Me on the ad.
But Tippecanoe County Right to Life thought that would defeat the purpose.
The lawsuit says at one point, CityBus asserted that if it accepted Tippecanoe County Right to Life's ad, it might have to accept ads from other organizations-- like the ones that wear hoods and burn crosses. Tippecanoe County Right to Life understood that statement as a reference to the Klu Klux Klan.
The complaint notes CityBus never disputed or questioned the factual accuracy of Tippecanoe County Right to Life's ad.
In conclusion, the lawsuit claims Tippecanoe County Right to Life's ad is fully protected by the First Amendment. It accuses CityBus of rejecting the ad because of opposition to its message. It wants compensation and a ruling on the matter.
We reached out to CityBus for response but CityBus says it does not comment on pending litigation.
We've yet to hear back from Tippecanoe County Right to Life on the matter.
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