Court Asked to Hear Forced Abortion Speech Case

Aug 4, 2017

Today, Liberty Counsel is filing a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of three California faith-based, crisis pregnancy centers that are forced to advertise an offer of “immediate free or low-cost …abortion” to their clients according to state law. This law forces our clients to speak a message that violates their religious beliefs and directly contradicts what they actually want to say.

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) co-sponsored the law. It demands unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers post this notice in multiple locations advertising abortions and abortifacients. In some centers, it requires 22 printed pages for different languages. This notice must be included on our clients’ websites, in every promotional material they publish, and posted at their entrance and in their waiting room. The law charges $1,000 fine for each repeated instance that the notice is not given.

This law is like forcing the Sierra Club to advocate for oil spills or demanding St. Jude expose their patients to lead poisoning. However, this law is actually much more repulsive. While those situations might cause unintended harm, abortion is intended – even specifically designed – to kill.

These children deserve life and the opportunity to pursue happiness. It is the deepest overreach of the local government to demand that someone encourage others to, and thus participate in, murder.

Learn more by reading our press release. If you want to help us fight this law, please make a donation and join us in praying for the U.S. Supreme Court to take our case.