June 26, 2018 – Washington, D.C. – Today, in NIFLA (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates) v. Becerra, the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion. In 2015, the California legislature passed the “Reproductive FACT Act” targeting pro-life pregnancy centers and forcing them to provide free advertising and referrals for the abortion industry.
Lila Rose, founder and president of national pro-life organization Live Action responds:
“Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion politicians in California manufactured this law specifically to target pro-life pregnancy centers. 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. We applaud the Supreme Court for upholding the free speech rights of these centers.
“Pro-life pregnancy centers are doing some of the most important work in our communities today. They 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.
“Abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood already use millions of dollars from taxpayers to promote their abortion business. No one should be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry – least of all pro-life pregnancy centers who are working to promote life, not destroy it.”