Supreme Court Frees Pro-Lifers from Having to Promote Abortion

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

A California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion was struck down by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled that it was a violation of the First Amendment to require pro-life groups to promote abortion in their centers where they offer help to mothers.

By the way, this court victory shows how much pro-abortion statists have won the culture. The Supreme Court ruled on whether people could be forced to tell women about free or inexpensive abortions. It said nothing about taxpayers being forced to subsidize the homicides. That’s taken for granted.

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Not only did Trump appoint a Justice who voted against the California law, but his Justice Department was against the law. This is another opportunity for us to thank God Trump is President!

The Associated Press reports, “Supreme Court deals blow to California law that orders crisis pregnancy centers to provide abortion info.

The Supreme Court effectively put an end Tuesday to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.

The 5-4 ruling also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois.

The California law […] requires centers that are licensed by the state to tell clients about the availability of contraception, abortion and pre-natal care, at little or no cost. Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. The court struck down that portion of the law.

The centers said they were singled out and forced to deliver a message with which they disagreed. California said the law was needed to let poor women know all their options.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in his majority opinion, said the centers “are likely to succeed” in their constitutional challenge to the portion of the law involving licensed centers. That means that while the law is currently in effect, its challengers can go back to court to get an order halting its enforcement. An attorney for the challengers said Tuesday that they expect to be able to do that quickly.

“California cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it,” Thomas wrote for himself and his conservative colleagues, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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