FREEDOM X Files Friend of Court Brief Supporting Appeal Challenging California Law Requiring Pregnancy Clinics Post Abortion Information
May 17, 2017
A new law in California, the Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act, requires licensed pro-life pregnancy centers to prominently post or hand out a notice that free or low-cost abortion, contraception, and prenatal care are available to low-income women and to post a phone number to call as well.
Think about it. California mandates pregnancy counseling centers in the business of offering woman alternative choices to having an abortion to promote abortion as an option! They are in business to save lives. NOT to be shills for DEATH MERCHANTS!
But a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Xavier Becerra, argues it violates the First Amendment right of pregnancy counseling non-profits to perform their life-saving mission by compelling them to impart a message contrary to that mission. And attorneys for NIFLA are now petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal from a typically flawed Ninth Circuit decision dismissing the lawsuit.
Today, Freedom X filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit. In its brief, Freedom X poses two questions: (1) whether the Ninth Circuit applied the appropriate legal test when it concluded the law does not undermine the pro-life message of the centers, and (2) whether the law unduly chills such centers’ First Amendment protected speech rights by forcing them to promote a message they find morally objectionable.
Freedom X filed the brief on its own behalf and on behalf of Pregnancy Clinic of Southern California (CPCSC), the first established clinic of its kind in the state. As we state in our brief, the FACT Act burdens the expressive rights of pregnancy centers over one of America’s most contentious political and religious policy issues by compelling them to promote by words and action the very evil they are established to counter. This is precisely the type of attack on political and religious expression Freedom X works to resist.