June 20, 2013
Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Anti-Prostitution Pledges' in AIDS Funds
The Supreme Court ruled that the United States cannot require health organizations to "pledge allegiance to the government’s policy of eradicating prostitution" in order to receive AIDS funding, reports the Washington Post. In a 6–2 decision that rebuked the Obama administration, the court said the pledge violated the First Amendment. Four organizations that do AIDS work in Africa, Asia and South America challenged the 2003 law. The anti-prostitution pledge had been included in the multi billion-dollar President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other programs.
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