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By Sarah Kramer Posted on: | March 20, 2018

What a day, and what a showing at the U.S. Supreme Court!

Alliance Defending Freedom had the privilege of defending our ally the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and its affiliated pregnancy centers before the Supreme Court. We are challenging a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry. This morning, we asked the Supreme Court to uphold the free speech of these pregnancy centers, which will in turn protect free speech for everyone.

We are thankful to all of those who braved the crazy weather and came to show their support for California’s pro-life pregnancy centers. Your presence outside the Supreme Court sent a message loud and clear: We will not allow the government to trample over our right to free speech.

Give free speech life 

Pro-life pregnancy centers exist to provide help and hope for men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They offer free services to the women and families who come to them for help by providing material resources (such as diapers and formula) as well as education and counseling. The pregnancy centers that are medically licensed can offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing.

These pregnancy centers work to help remove some of the barriers that keep women from choosing life for their babies. And while these centers do tell women the truth about all of their options, they don’t facilitate or refer for abortions. Doing so would violate their mission.

But in 2015, California passed a law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise that the state will provide free or low-cost abortions, including a phone number where women can call to get more information. This law directly contradicts what these centers are trying to do. That’s why we’re asking the United States Supreme Court to protect freedom of speech—not just for these pregnancy centers, but for us all.

The First Amendment was designed to protect everyone—not just those whose viewpoints line up with what the government approves. This case isn't about whether or not you are pro-life; it is about whether the government can compel citizens to speak against their deeply held beliefs. 

We are increasingly seeing the First Amendment under attack, not only in California but also across the country. Here are just a few examples:

  • California’s law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to speak a message against their beliefs is not the only one of its kind. Both Illinois and Hawaii have passed similar laws, and ADF has filed lawsuits in both states.
  • College and university officials across the country are silencing students whose viewpoints they do not like. The ADF Center for Academic Freedom is hard at work to ensure the First Amendment rights of these students are protected.
  • In another case, the government is using zoning laws to keep churches from worshipping and sharing the Gospel in their own building downtown.
  • Creative professionals across the country are told that if they use their artistic talents to celebrate events and promote messages that are consistent with their religious beliefs, they must do the same for those that violate their religious beliefs.

Will you stand with us as we wait for a decision in this case and as we continue to defend our constitutional rights?


Show your support by signing the statement of belief below.

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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