Right To Life Ruling

UNDATED (AP) -- The U-S Supreme Court sides with Wisconsin Right to Life today.

The anti-abortion group challenged broadcast restrictions established by the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

The court says the law unreasonably limits speech and violates the group's First Amendment rights.

Right to Life executive director Barbara Lyons tells W-T-M-J radio the ruling is a victory for democracy. Lyons says it's sad the group had to go to such extremes to ensure people are fully informed.

The ruling eases restrictions on T-V ads that are paid-for by corporations and unions, and that air close to election time.

The court split 5-4 in upholding an appeals court ruling that the Wisconsin anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections.

The case involves advertisements that Wisconsin Right to Life was prevented from broadcasting.

The ads asked voters to contact the state's two senators, Democrats Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, and urge them not to filibuster President Bush's judicial nominees.

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