Congressman sues pro-life group for causing him to lose re-election

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio

On Friday, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit brought by a former congressman alleging that the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, caused him to lose his re-election bid, according to LifeSiteNews.

Former Congressman Steve Driehaus, who identified himself as a “pro-life Democrat,” sued the SBA List for defamation and loss of livelihood when the group threatened to erect billboards saying, “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.”

The proposed billboard message was based on Driehaus’ vote in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

LifeSiteNews reported Monday that the signs were never erected. The former lawmaker nonetheless claimed the mere threat to erect them resulted in his mid-term election defeat.

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president and board chairwoman of the Susan B. Anthony List

The SBA List argued that a vote for the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — was in effect a vote for government-funded abortion. They also argued that “a claim that associating a political candidate with a mainstream political position, even if false, cannot constitute defamation, as a matter of law,” according to the judge’s ruling.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black agreed and granted “summary judgment to Susan B. Anthony List and dismisses Driehaus’s counterclaim for defamation as to the taxpayer funded statements.”

Read more at LifeSiteNews.

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