by Steven Ertelt
The NAACP lawsuit against a black pro-life leader who exposed its pro-abortion views in an article appearing at LifeNews.com went to trial last week. After three days in court, the judge in the case has issued no ruling, though the pro-life leader facing the suit tells LifeNews he expects one in the next two months.
“After a three-day trial at the U.S. District Courthouse in Norfolk, Virginia, Judge Raymond Jackson has delayed any ruling until after January 20, 2014. We expect a ruling to be issued late January/early February 2014,” Bomberger told LifeNews today.
In February, the NAACP threatened to sue LifeNews.com and Ryan Bomberger, a LifeNews blogger , for a column that took the civil rights organization to task over its abortion position. The NAACP is upset about a column Bomberger wrote at LifeNews titled, “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People,” which notes the organization’s 44th Annual Image Awards.
Following the piece, the NAACP sent Bomberger, the director of the Radiance Foundation, and LifeNews a threatening letter claiming infringement on its name and logo for including it in the opinion column. The letter accuses Bomberger and his group, the Radiance Foundation, of “trademark infringement” over an ad campaign that exposes the NAACP’s pro-abortion position.
Stating that while “you are certainly entitled to express your viewpoint, you cannot do so in connection with a name that infringes on the NAACP’s rights,” the letter demands a response within a self-imposed time period.
In response to the letter, Bomberger asked a federal court to declare that the First Amendment protects his and the Radiance Foundation’s exercise of free speech and that his speech does not infringe on any of the NAACP’s trademarks or other rights. The lawsuit does not seek any damages.
In its countersuit, the NAACP’s counterclaim denies that the NAACP is pro--abortion or has even taken a position on the issue.
Bomberger’s attorneys have asked him not to comment on the pending lawsuit while it heads to court, but Bomberger has frequently spoken out about the NAACP’s pro-abortion stance and its ignoring how abortion disproportionately targets black unborn children. The NAACP recently came under fire for opposing a bill to ban abortions based on race.