Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Pro-life Centers Free Speech Case

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Pro-life Centers Free Speech Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving whether or not pro-life pregnancy centers should be forced to notify their clients of abortion options.

As previously reported, pro-life pregnancy centers had been required to prominently display this notice in their clinics: "California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care and abortion for eligible women ..."

Riverside County Superior Court in California recently ruled that this law infringes upon the free speech rights of the pro-life centers. Now, this case is being taken all the way to the Supreme Court.

According to, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is defending the current California abortion-disclosure law.

Kevin Theriot, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who is supporting the pro-life centers, stated that the government has no business forcing a private industry to promote abortion.

“Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable—especially when it’s the government doing the forcing. This is even more true when it comes to pregnancy care centers, which exist specifically to care for women who want to have their babies," said Theriot.

The Supreme Court will reportedly hear the case in NIFLA vs. Becerra next year, and will issue a ruling before the end of June 2018.


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Publication date: November 14, 2017