US top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

Supreme Court agrees to hear antiabortion challenge to California disclosure law for pregnancy centers

Supreme Court agrees to hear antiabortion challenge to California disclosure law for pregnancy centers

A 2010 Austin, Texas, law requiring centers to display that they do not provide abortions, as well as a subsequent 2012 law requiring them to display that they do not offer medical care, were thrown out by a district judge.

In 2014, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, struck down a North Carolina law that required abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman.

California argues that the reproductive fact act regulates the healthcare industry and helps women know the state has programs providing birth control and abortions. The Court agreed to hear National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, one of four cases brought by crisis pregnancy centers challenging the law as a violation of the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and free exercise of religion.

On the other hand, Attorney General Xavier Becerra vowed to defend the California Reproductive FACT Act in the Supreme Court. "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", the alliance's senior counsel Kevin Theriot said in a statement Monday.

In February, the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Florida could not prohibit doctors from talking about gun safety with their patients, upending parts of a 2011 state law.

A new law passed this year in Hawaii, requiring pregnancy centers to display notice of publicly available family planning services, has led Christians to raise similar concerns as in California.

The law requires licensed healthcare facilities to post a notice saying that the state has programs for "immediate free or low-priced access to comprehensive family planning services. prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women". "Instead, it should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech".

The free-speech issue has arisen in different contexts around the country.

"The implications of the Supreme Court's decision in this case will reverberate nationwide, to similar unconstitutional laws in IL and Hawaii", he added.

Kevin T. Snider, a lawyer for A Woman's Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic and Alternative Women's Center, argued in court papers that his clients can not be compelled to post notifications in their centers against their religious convictions.

A 2015 Democrat-backed law says these private organizations must clearly inform their clients if they are able to practice medicine and whether health care professionals are on hand. The law applied to hundreds of privately funded pregnancy centers.

Last month a California Superior Court Justice put a halt to the law with a permanent injunction, ruling that the state can not force pro-life pregnancy centers to post signage promoting state-covered abortions to their clients.

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