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Jun 20, 2013 10:27 AM by Associated Press

High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law forcing private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get AIDS funding.

The justices said Thursday the law's anti-prostitution pledge improperly restricts First Amendment rights.

Four organizations that work in Africa, Asia and South America challenged the 2003 law. They say their work has nothing to do with prostitution.

The Obama administration argued it is reasonable for the government to give money only to groups that oppose prostitution and sex trafficking because they contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The high court's vote was 6-2.

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