Supreme Court to Hear Pro-Life, Pro-Free Speech Challenge to CA Law

“The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case challenging a California law that requires licensed pregnancy centers run by religious non-profits to post notices informing women how to get information on state-funded abortions and birth control,” The Hill reports today.

Critics of the California law are saying that the state violates the pregnancy centers’ constitutional right to freedom of speech, instead demanding that they engage in government-forced speech by being legally required to tell women how to obtain abortions.

The case, the full title of which is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, will be heard next year and the Court will rule sometime in June 2018.

The Supreme Court also determined to hear two other First Amendment cases today, according to Bloomberg: “The justices will consider guaranteeing people the right to wear political apparel when they go to the polls to vote. The third case involves a man who says he was arrested in retaliation for suing and politically criticizing against his local government.”