The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that crisis pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote abortions. The opinion was authored by Justice Thomas in favor of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, one of four cases brought by crisis pregnancy centers that challenged a California law as a violation of the First Amendment. Justice Kennedy filed a concurring opinion joined by Justices Roberts, Alito, and Gorsuch.
Liberty Counsel's case, Mountain Right to Life v. Becerra, is one of four cases before the Supreme Court involving the same law. Liberty Counsel represents three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in Southern California, all of which offer women pregnancy resources, counseling, advice, and alternatives to abortion.
The Supreme Court reviewed the California Reproductive FACT Act, nicknamed the "Bully Bill," that compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices in their physical clinics, on printed material, and online regarding the availability of free and low-cost abortions. The Court agreed that the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
+ + An important victory!
Today we celebrate that the Supreme Court overturned this forced speech law. California can no longer force crisis pregnancy centers to speak a message that goes directly against their religious beliefs and mission to save lives. The First Amendment protects the right to speak and the right not to speak. To be forced to post state-prescribed pro-abortion notices in large font undermining the mission of the pregnancy centers is a shocking violation of the First Amendment.
This law is so outrageous that it never should have passed the California legislature, never should have been signed by the California governor, and never should have been defended by the California attorney general. But it was, and this is precisely why Liberty Counsel is here!
We must challenge each and every threat to our religious and free speech liberties. And we must be equipped and prepared to fight these battles in every local, state, and federal jurisdiction, including the United States Supreme Court. The fact is, we must commit legal resources to these cases, at times with little or no notice from the courts.
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