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Women's Health Link Sues Citilink Over Bus Ads

Fort Wayne's public transportation bus provider Citilink is facing legal trouble. Women's Health Link filed a lawsuit claiming that the bus company refused to put an advertisement in local busses. Women's Health Link is associated with Pro-life group Allen County right to life.
Fort Wayne's public transportation bus provider Citilink is  facing legal trouble.  Women's Health Link filed a lawsuit claiming that the bus company refused to put an advertisement in local busses.  Women's Health Link is associated with Pro-life group Allen County right to life.  

The attorney representing Women’s' health link said in a statement that reads in part "When the city creates an opportunity for community advertising, it cannot single out pro-life organizations for censorship.  The first amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their political or religious beliefs,” Said attorney Rory Gray. 

“You cannot allow certain advertisements but not others on the basis of views that you like or don't like,” said Indiana Tech Law Professor Adam Lamparelo.  

Lamparelo says the advertisements should be allowed on city busses, and that Citilink is suppressing freedom of speech. 

“When it comes to political speech or speech advocating for certain policies you can't suppress it unless you have a compelling reason and there isn't a compelling reason here,” said Lamparelo. 

Citilink’s General Manager declined to comment.  

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