Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Rules Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Can't Be Forced to Join 'Sales Team for Abortion' - CBN News Jennifer Wishon

CBN News spoke with Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America about the Supreme Court's ruling. She said, "This just shows you how important elections are in our country."

Supreme Court Rules Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Can't Be Forced to Join 'Sales Team for Abortion'
06-26-2018
CBN News Jennifer Wishon
WASHINGTON – Pro-life Californians scored a big win in the Supreme Court Tuesday. In a 5-4 
ruling, justices decided a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise information 
about abortion probably violates the Constitution.

The high court sent the NIFLA v. Becerra case back to a lower court where it says the pro-life 
argument is likely to win on the merits of their claim that the law violates the First Amendment.

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The justices struck down a second part of the law that requires unlicensed pregnancy centers to 
post a sign that says as much.

"We applaud the US Supreme Court for sending a clear statement today that pro-life Americans 
cannot be discriminated against and targeted by the government. The state of California's insidious 
effort to prevent pregnancy care centers from helping suffering women is appalling," Penny Nance, 
president of Concerned Women For America, said after the ruling.

And Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins says the ruling "put a halt to the 
abortion industry's campaign forcing pro-life advocates to act as a sales team for abortion."

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The court examined a 2015 California law, called the "Reproductive FACT Act," that forces more 
than 100 privately funded pro-life clinics, many Christian-affiliated, to post notices on the wall 
informing women that free or low-cost abortions are available.

Failure to do so results in fines or getting shut down.

Basically, the law requires pro-life Californians to advertise a practice they believe is murder. 
However, critics say the case is about much more than abortion.

"This is a victory for freedom of speech, freedom of expression and for countless unborn babies. 
We should be grateful for this ruling, and we ought to pray for the crucial work of pregnancy 
resources centers around the country," tweeted Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and 
Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Supreme Court got it right today with the NIFLA case: the state cannot and must not be able 
to force pro-life organizations to participate in abortion.

This is a victory for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and for countless unborn babies. 
We should be grateful for this ruling, and we ought to pray for the crucial work of pregnancy resources 
centers around the country.

"Freedom-loving women should celebrate the court's wisdom here in allowing all women to serve 
their fellow neighbor as their conscience dictates, free from government interference," continued 
Nance.

Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the court which was joined by Chief Justice 
John Roberts, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

Ryan Anderson at the Heritage Foundation says Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling will likely have 
a positive impact in other areas as well, tweeting: "Reading through Justice Thomas's opinion: what 
he says about professional speech should help protect many other professionals, and not just on
speech about abortion, but also speech about marriage, rightly understood."

Reading through Justice Thomas's opinion: what he says about professional speech should help 
protect many other professionals, and not just on speech about abortion, but also speech about 
marriage, rightly understood.
Brad Dacus, president and founder of the Pacific Justice Institute, agreed.

"Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a resounding reaffirmation of free speech principles 
and a sharp rebuke to the California Legislature," he said. "The so-called Reproductive FACT Act 
was never about objectivity or information—it was a blatant attempt to coerce pro-life advocates 
into promoting the very thing they abhor. We are gratified that the Supreme Court rewarded our 
efforts over the last several years to defeat this insidious legislation."

Justice Stephen Breyer filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 
Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

This case is expected to affect similar laws in other states.

Research shows when a woman considering abortion sees her baby on an ultrasound prior to making 
her decision, often at a crisis pregnancy center, 90 percent of those mothers choose life.

"I hope leaders in Sacramento will take heed and end the apparent race to appease the radical Left 
with more and more intolerance," said Dr. Jerry Johnson, president, and CEO of the National 
Religious Broadcasters.

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