A court ruling last year against pregnancy help centers in California deserves a decision from the nation's highest court, says an attorney.
After pregnancy centers challenged a California law ordering them to shill for abortions, a 9th Circuit ruled that the requirement is a reasonable demand for the pro-life facilities.
"The 9th Circuit did not rule favorably in terms of the religious freedom and free speech rights of these clinics," complains attorney Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute.
Dacus and PJI announced Jan. 5 that a Writ of Certiorari had been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The writ, which means "to be more fully informed," asks the high court to review the 9th Circuit's ruling against three nonprofits that operate the clinics.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit concluded that California citizens must have "access to and adequate information about constitutionally protected medical services like abortion," the Los Angeles Times reported last year.
There are approximately 200 pregnancy centers in California now required by law to inform women about government programs that include abortion, the story stated.
The court ruling states the clinics are required to "render only the existence of publicly-funded family-planning services," claiming in the same ruling that a pro-life clinic disseminating such information about abortion is not suggesting or encouraging women to use those services.
"They have a right to free speech but only if they say what the state wants them to say," Dacus says of the law, which took effect in January, 2016.
He tells OneNewsNow that there is hope for a Supreme Court decision, citing a "conflict of case law" in other states where similar laws have been created but struck down by other courts.