NEW YORK, July 3, 2020 (C-Fam) – In a decision that may have far-reaching implications for the pro-life cause internationally, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that foreign organizations don’t have free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court may have crushed the hopes of pro-life advocates at home in the June Medical Services ruling, but it left open the door to pro-life advocacy abroad in Alliance for Open Society International. The decision about U.S. conditions to foreign aid will likely help ward off future legal challenges to the Mexico City Policy, a Republican party policy that denies U.S. funding to foreign groups that promote abortion.
The Alliance for Open Society International case involved a challenge to a pledge against prostitution required of foreign organizations as a condition to receiving U.S. grants to combat HIV/AIDS.
According to many organizations working in the HIV/AIDS relief field it is better legally permit “sex-work” than criminalizing it. They say this is necessary to help prostitutes access HIV/AIDS services sand diminish the spread of the virus.
The U.S. organizations whose foreign affiliates were required to take the pledge challenged the pledge in court. They claimed their speech rights were denied because they were compelled to speak a