US court to rule whether law’s anti-prostitution policy requirement violated free speech rights

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2641 (Published 24 April 2013)
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  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on 22 April about whether Congress can require HIV/AIDS programs working overseas to adopt explicit policies opposing prostitution and sex trafficking in order to secure federal funding.

The case—Agency for International Development et al (Petitioner) v Alliance for Open Society International Inc, et al—addresses a provision of the 2003 Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act,1 a global health funding legislation that has funneled billions of US dollars to international programs.

In that …

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