US Supreme Court to Hear Pregnancy Centers’ Case Against Calif. Law Requiring Provision of Info on Govt. Abortion Programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from several California pregnancy centers that are challenging a state law requiring them to provide information on government abortion programs even though doing so goes against their mission and purpose.

The court will consider the question as to “whether the Free Speech Clause or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment prohibits California from compelling licensed pro-life centers to post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion and from compelling unlicensed pro-life centers to disseminate a disclaimer to clients on site and in any print and digital advertising.”

“Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable—especially when it’s the government doing the forcing. This is even more true when it comes to pregnancy care centers, which exist specifically to care for women who want to have their babies,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said in a statement on Monday after the court announced that it had accepted the case.

The group had petitioned the nation’s highest court to hear the appeal in March, noting that the law “violates the Petitioners’ rights under the Free Exercise Clause by forcing them to make statements contrary to, or that  undermine, their pro-life religious convictions, while exempting other medical and non-medical providers.”

As previously reported, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Reproductive FACT Act into law in Oct. 2015, a measure that has been dubbed the “bully bill” by pro-life groups in the state. The bill had been authored by Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who outlined in the law that he takes issue with pregnancy centers that don’t provide abortion referrals to women.

“The author contends that, unfortunately, there are nearly 200 licensed and unlicensed clinics known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in California whose goal is to interfere with women’s ability to be fully informed and exercise their reproductive rights, and that CPCs pose as full-service women’s health clinics, but aim to discourage and prevent women from seeking abortions,” it reads.

The legislation therefore requires that licensed pregnancy care centers provide the following message to clients in print: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (telephone number).”

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Violators will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each infringement afterward.

Several faith-based pregnancy centers filed suit to challenge the law, including the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, the Pregnancy Care Clinic and the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center. However, both the federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to grant an injunction, finding that the requirement served a significant government interest.

“California has a substantial interest in the health of its citizens, including ensuring that its citizens have access to and adequate information about constitutionally-protected medical services like abortion,” wrote Judge Dorothy Nelson, appointed to the bench by then President Jimmy Carter, for the Ninth Circuit last October.

“And given that many of the choices facing pregnant women are time sensitive, such as a woman’s right to have an abortion before viability, we find convincing the AG’s argument that because the licensed notice is disseminated directly to patients whenever they enter a clinic, it is an effective means of informing women about publicly-funded pregnancy services,” she said.

ADF then appealed the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed on Monday to accept the case.

“Why should the abortion industry be able to force others—even pro-life centers—to provide free abortion advertising?” ADF Legal Counsel Elissa Graves said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood, which makes millions from abortion, deceives women into believing that abortion is their only choice. Pregnancy care centers, which provide their care for free, were established specifically to help women understand that they have the choice of life for their children, and that they will be there to help them through their pregnancies.”

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  • mr goody two shoes

    Let’s see how good a pope the roman Catholic church has with Franky. We will see if he does any thing about Roman Catholic supreme court justices that support the right to murder laws. I bet he is all chicken manure but we will see.

    • james blue

      What do you think he should do?

  • mr goody two shoes

    So far you can thank the Roman Catholic Church for murder of American children by abortion its there members that have had a majority on the US supreme court for years.

  • james blue

    The law of unintended consequences bite back hard. This is why I do not support social conservative abortion regulation tactics that have no medical justification.

    If it is constitutional to require an abortionist to read a government written “pro life” statement to a customer even if he disagrees with the statement then it’s constitutional to force a crisis pregnancy center to read a statement they disagree with.

    If it’s unconstitutional to force a crisis pregnancy center to read a statement they disagree with then it’s also unconstitutional to force the abortionist.

    • mr goody two shoes

      Let me make simple for you to understand .One is murdering children the others trying to save their lives.

      • james blue

        Let me make this simple for YOU to understand. The constitution isn’t situational. The comment isn’t about abortion, it’s about forced reading of government written statements for private citizens or businesses. The content of the statement is irrelevant and the occupation individual person being forced to read it is irrelevant.

        There are a few exceptions, such as police having to read you your rights, or a government clerk reading an oath or carrying out a duty of his or her office.

        • Maxwell Edison

          And I’ll maker this easy for you to understand: Abortion is murder. No ifs, ands, buts or discussion.

          The taking of innocent life in the name of convenience makes it relevant.

          • james blue

            Again my comment history, unlike yours is open for public view. Please feel free to link to any comment I’ve written where I agree with abortion.

            Oh wait, it’s you…Never mind.

          • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

            And you are an Anti-Christian troll who is out to get him at any cost. And then brags to you fellow Atheist trolls when you all get someone banned..
            May God let you see your shame at what you do to Christians on Christian sites.
            And may God stop you and the others from what you all are doing to Christians.And may God protect Chriatians from you and your hate.

          • james blue

            I didn’t get him banned, he did that himself with false accusations and harassment of others, I suspect you are heading the same route with all your false accusations and harassment.

            I’ve already suggested you just block me if you don’t like my post, but then I suspect this is not your only account.

          • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

            You took part of it and then you along with your fellow Anti-Christian Trolls bragged about it. May you one day see and feel your shame at what you all do to the Christians you all hate so much.May God stop you all in His perfect timing. May the Will of God be done for all the cruel things you all do to Christians. God sees what you all are doing and He knows the reasons why.

          • Maxwell Edison

            Show me where I said otherwise.

            And enough with this “Jerrome” etc. crap. You don’t like getting spanked by your moral and intellectual betters in front of all your peers who don’t belong here so you throw a red herring in order to accomplish…what?

          • james blue

            Erm you are jerrome. You were banned a couple of weeks ago and opened this account to bypass that ban.

          • Maxwell Edison

            And you accuse me of ban evasion because you don’t like the butthurt.

            Get used to it.

            The fact is, you should’ve been banned right when you offered to teach atheism on a Christian website. But why that was tolerated says more about the moderator than you.

            You are on notice: You will not come into a Christian website and attack or mock God, Jesus, Christians, Christianity or the Bible and expect to go unchallenged.

            NOT on my watch.

          • james blue

            Perhaps the reason I haven’t banned is because what you accuse me of didn’t actually happen.

          • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

            Bragging again? God knows what you are doing. He knows your motives. You should be ashamed of yourself.Remember one day you will be face to face with Christ. I’m sure He will let you try to justify yourself. as to why you hated Maxwell. I’m sure He already know why.

          • Silas Jennings

            Also Jason Todd, also slidellman4life. But Matthew is his real name.

          • Silas Jennings

            It’s quite correct that he not call you “Jerome”. Your given name is Matthew.

          • Maxwell Edison

            Is it?

  • Had the constitutional framers (like their 17th-century Christian Colonial forbears) established government and society upon Yahweh’s unchanging moral law (including Exodus 21:22-23), there would no government-paid-for in utero infanticide programs to contend with, no Roe v. Wade, no Planned Parenthood. In turn, millions of infants slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs would have see the light of day.

    Christians who promote the biblical seditious Constitution as the law of the land are complicit in these murders:

    “…3. Every problem America faces today can be traced back to the fact that the framers failed to expressly establish a government upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Would infanticide and sodomy be tolerated, let alone financed by the government, if Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments were the law of the land? Would Islam be a looming threat to our peace and security if the First Amendment had been replaced with the First Commandment? Would Americans be in nearly as
    much debt if usury had been outlawed as a form of theft? Would crime be as rampant if “cruel and unusual punishment” had not been outlawed and criminals were instead punished with Yahweh’s altogether righteous judgments? Would we be on the fiscal cliff if we were taxed with a flat increase tax rather than a graduated income tax?)….

    “On February 27, 2009, James Dobson conceded that we have lost the culture wars. This is the consequence of Christians [including Dr. Dobson] having spent the last two centuries lopping at the rotten branches of our culture’s corrupt tree while watering and fertilizing its roots.

    “We should lop away at the tree’s corrupt branches (infanticide, sodomy, the economy, etc.). However, until the root of these problems is Biblically addressed, we will never shut down the infanticide mills, we will never defeat the sodomites, and we will never fix the economy. In short, we will never win the culture wars. This issue is more than important for anyone concerned about God, our nation, and the future of our posterity, it’s the cutting- edge issue of our day….”

    For more, see our Featured Blog Article “5 Reasons the Constitution is Our Cutting-Edge Issue.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Blog and search on title.

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    Repentance is required, in the name of Yeshua, Amen.

  • James Higginbotham

    in reading all the commits here.
    this has not one thing to do with the CONSTITUTION, but a ,LOT

  • Tony Demarcus, Ph.D., D.D.

    And what happens to the murdered unborn? The Christian Bible says:
    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
    Since they had no chance to accept Jesus, they are being sent straight to Hell. Because the Bible says so–and it says not a thing otherwise.
    So what does the Bible say on abortionism?
    “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14. Also Luke 18:16 and Mark 10:14.

    • Robin Egg

      Do you believe that babies have a soul?

      • Tony Demarcus, Ph.D., D.D.

        Yes. They don’t get a soul at some point after they are born. The idea that babies don’t have soul is an argument of the abortionist who wants to make their murder seem as if that was no more than just cutting off a fingernail.