Supreme Court takes up First Amendment challenge to California abortion law

U.S. top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

U.S. top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

The Supreme Court pronounced that it would resolve if it defies free speech contracts for California to necessitate "crisis pregnancy centers", which instructs against abortion to apprise patients that the state presents contraception favors and abortion facilities. On Dec. 5, the justices will hear the case of the Colorado baker who refuses to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage and was charged with violating the state's civil rights law.

The challengers are "life-affirming pregnancy centers" that offer medical and counseling services for pregnant women considering options other than abortion.

Summary: The challenge against California's law requiring pregnancy centers to provide abortion information is being taken by the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the centers say that their clients, out of religious objections, do not refer patients for abortion and that they can not be compelled to post the notification.

This case was filed by a group representing 110 crisis pregnancy centers challenging a California law, dubbed the Reproductive FACT Act, which requires some licensed or unlicensed medical facilities-including those like the CPCs, which object to abortion on religious grounds-to post notices inside clinics mentioning the availability of contraception and abortion. The federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals both rejected the plaintiffs' arguments and refused to grant the preliminary injunction. Sekulow argues that the law violates "the principle that one can not be conscripted into acting as a ventriloquist's dummy for a government message".

"Information is power, and all women should have access to the information they need when making personal healthcare decisions", said Attorney General Becerra.

California's Reproductive FACT Act needs the centers to divulge if they have medical staff and notify women that the state provides funded contraceptives and abortion. He believes the law is a justifiable regulation of medical practice.

The Supreme Court is already hearing a number of free speech challenges in the current term. Laws forbidding doctors from asking patients about their gun ownership have been struck down by appeals courts as well as laws forcing doctors to show a sonogram to the woman before she receives an abortion.

Tang said the case will likely be argued in March 2018 with a ruling sometime before the end of June 2018. They have had mixed rulings on abortion and religious freedoms recently.

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