On March 20, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech.
The case, NIFLA v. Becerra, deals with California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, also known as the FACT Act. According to Fox News, this law requires pro-life pregnancy centers to “post a disclosure to inform clients that ‘California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care and abortion for eligible women.’” According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the mandated disclosure “must also include a phone number for a county office that refers women to Planned Parenthood and other abortionists.” Pregnancy centers can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation of the law.
The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) filed a legal challenge to the FACT Act in federal court; they are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. After the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the State of California, NIFLA appealed. The Supreme Court has taken the case, and will hear arguments regarding NIFLA’s free speech claims.
Noted Christian attorney and writer David French filed an amicus brief in the NIFLA case on behalf of 41 family policy organizations, including New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in this important case. As David French has said, the State of California is “co-opting the voices of its pro-life citizens, forcing them to join its pro-abortion crusade.” It is hoped that the Court will hold the FACT Act unconstitutional.