Can gov't force 'free advertising' for abortuaries?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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judge banging gavelA Supreme Court decision this year will have an impact on the First Amendment and pro-life pregnancy centers nationwide.

Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed their opening brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit challenging a California law that requires that pro-life pregnancy centers provide free advertising for the abortion industry.

ADF represents a pro-life pregnancy care center network – National Institute of Family and Life Advocates – and two independent centers in the case that the Supreme Court agreed to take up last November.


"We know for sure this will be argued this spring and we will have a decision by the end of June from the Supreme Court, which is very exciting and great news for all Americans," says ADF attorney Denise Harle. "The government shouldn't have the power to force anyone to speak a message that they disagree with and to punish them if they don't – and that's exactly what this California law does."

The case, she says, will not have an impact on Roe v. Wade.

"[This case is] really about the First Amendment and free speech," explains Harle. "The question here doesn't have to do with the legality of abortion; it's just whether the government can compel private citizens to speak a particular message against their will."

The office of the California attorney general did not respond to OneNewsNow's request for comment. However, Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-California) told the LA Times last November the law "ensures that women in California receive accurate information about their healthcare options."

"We also know the information about abortion is just about everywhere," counters Harle. "The law does not require other healthcare providers to provide information about abortion or pregnancy resource centers, so it really does not make sense because we all know that everyone is aware of abortion and we don't have to commandeer pro-life speakers to get the message out that abortion exists."

The case is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

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