Supreme Court to Consider Coerced Abortion Speech Case

Last autumn, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sadly upheld a California law that compels pro-life pregnancy care centers to promote abortion. This week the U.S. Supreme Court announced it wants to take another look at the case on free speech grounds.

NRB member Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) in its challenge of California’s Reproductive FACT Act. That state law, enacted in 2015, would require pro-life pregnancy care centers to post notices that California provides free or low-cost abortion and contraception services.

“Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. He added, “The state should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech.”

Notably, ADF will also be before the Supreme Court on December 5 representing Christian cake artist Jack Phillips in his case against the punishment he received from state authorities in Colorado when, for religious reasons, he declined to craft a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: November 17, 2017

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