June 26, 2018

James A. Smith Sr.





NRB Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling Against ‘Insidious’ Abortion Speech Mandate

WASHINGTON (NRB) – National Religious Broadcasters today praised the Supreme Court’s ruling in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a case in which pro-life pregnancy care centers challenged a California law requiring them to promote abortion.

“The U.S. Supreme Court is right to reject this insidious state mandate,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of NRB. “California tried to coerce pro-life pregnancy clinics into giving free advertising to Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry. The government has no right to compel American citizens to violate their beliefs by actively promoting the state’s preferred moral position, especially on such an issue of literal life and death.”

Johnson added, “I hope leaders in Sacramento will take heed and end the apparent race to appease the radical Left with more and more intolerance.”

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

“I commend Michael Farris and ADF for yet another victory before the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Johnson. “It’s worth noting that ADF’s excellence before the Supreme Court again completely discredits the decision of Amazon and other tech titans to accept the inflammatory decrees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which defames ADF as a ‘hate’ group.”

Noting that the case was won by a 5-4 ruling, Johnson added, “I again am so thankful to God for Justice Neil Gorsuch being on the court, and I am grateful to President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell for ensuring his confirmation last year. This case is a reminder that we must be vigilant to ensure we are led by Constitution-honoring officials in all branches of federal, state, and local government.”

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