IL pro-lifers wait for action after NIFLA ruling

Friday, June 29, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300A law in Illinois that regulates pro-life pregnancy centers remains tied up in court following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Thomas Olp, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, says the state law is very similar to the California law that was struck down this week.

In the NIFLA v Becerra case, the court ruled 5-4 against a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to inform women where to get an abortion for free or at low cost.

Attorney Thomas Olp of the Thomas More Society says the Illinois law forces pro-life centers in that state to do the same thing.  

"Number one, it's government-compelled speech which was exactly what was found to be unconstitutional in the NIFLA case," Olp tells OneNewsNow. "Second of all, it's extremely viewpoint discriminatory meaning that it's targeting people with a conscience, objection to abortion, and to be participating in abortion."

Thomas More Society has lawsuits pending in state and federal courts, lawsuits that were put on hold pending the outcome of the California case. But that doesn't mean the Illinois law will be found unconstitutional – at least not yet.

Olp says the next step is to talk with the Illinois attorney general after the NIFLA ruling.

"We're hoping that they throw in the towel and allow the law to be permanently enjoined," he says. "But we're not certain that's going to happen."

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