A Tippecanoe County Right to Life advertisement, once rejected by CItyBus, was back on the 1B route bus this week, as seen Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the CityBus terminal in downtown Lafayette. Right to Life sued CityBus over the ad's rejection. The case was settled and dismissed March 12. (Photo: Dave Bangert/Journal & Courier)
A Tippecanoe County Right to Life advertisement, once rejected by CItyBus, was back on the 1B route bus this week, as seen Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the CityBus terminal in downtown Lafayette. Right to Life sued CityBus over the ad's rejection. The case was settled and dismissed March 12. (Photo: Dave Bangert/Journal & Courier)
LAFAYETTE – A Tippecanoe County Right to Life advertisement, depicting what the organization calls “the scientific truth” about fetuses and babies, was back on a CityBus route this week after the anti-abortion group settled a federal lawsuit against the public bus company that rejected the ad in 2017.

According to court documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court, CityBus agreed to run Tippecanoe County Right to Life’s 2-by-8-foot placard – featuring the progression of a fetus to a newborn – on a bus for up to 16 months.

CityBus also agreed to change its policy about what sort of ads it will accept, barring most non-commercial advocacy, public service announcements and political advertising, including ads for individual candidates for election.

“We’re very thankful for the result,” Samuel Green, an Arizona-based lawyer who helped represent Tippecanoe County Right to Life, said Monday evening.

Green is part of Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Arizona, that takes on cases defending “religious freedom, sanctity of life and marriage and family.”

“We’re thankful after this litigation period that CityBus has agreed to run the ad that they previously rejected and that those in the Lafayette community are going to be seeing this message that explains the scientific truth that unborn children are just as human as the rest of us,” Green said. “Hopefully, this ad will save lives.”

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