National pro-life leaders say the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of pro-life pregnancy care centers and their right to free speech is yet another setback for the Left’s attempt to undermine the First Amendment and people of faith.
In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the court ruled in favor of pro-life groups that provide counseling to pregnant women and offer alternatives to abortion. The decision invalidated a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion.
“By ruling against California’s blatantly unconstitutional law, the Court has made it clear that freedom of speech still remains protected, even when threatened by the Left’s ever-intensifying efforts to force people of faith to speak and act against their beliefs,” said Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, in a statement. “We hope that crisis pregnancy centers in California will now be able to continue with their important work of providing assistance to women and children in need, unharassed by hostile state legislators.”
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, policy adviser for The Catholic Association, said the ruling upholds the right of crisis pregnancy centers “to decline to speak on behalf of the state to promote abortion.”
“The state of California, in a classic example of compelled speech, sought to force non-profit organizations, deeply committed to supporting pregnant women who wish to give birth, to advertise the state’s free or low-cost abortions,” she added. “The Court recognized this injustice as what it is: a violation of the First Amendment rights that make America a beacon and an example to the world.”
“This unjust law was one of the worst offenses against First Amendment rights we’ve seen and shows the illegal lengths the abortion industry and its political allies are willing to go to suppress the pro-life viewpoint and promote the killing of children in the womb,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action. “Pro-life pregnancy centers are providing advocacy, education, baby supplies, parenting classes, and maternity care to women in need. In addition to helping women during pregnancy, they often provide support long after the baby is born.”
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said, “It’s a great day for free speech, religious liberty and the pro-life movement.”