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Alliance Defending Freedom

Jan 20, 2022

The right to free speech is protected by the Bill of Rights, and it extends to everyone. That’s true whether you agree with City Hall or not.

Under the Bill of Rights, you have the freedom to speak openly on public streets, sidewalks, and parks without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. But this freedom was blatantly violated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Officials in Pittsburgh prohibited individuals from speaking about pro-life topics or even praying within 15 feet of an abortion facility. The city’s ordinance was designed to prevent pro-life citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.

This direct violation of free speech brings up an important question: Can the government silence speakers simply because they don’t like what’s being said? Of course not. Listen more to see why.