This week seems to be a big one for the pro-life movement as news broke about the possibility of an FBI investigation into Planned Parenthood, a new video from the Center for Medical Progress was released, and now the Supreme Court has decided to hear a case about protecting pregnancy centers.
SCOTUS announced that it will review a case coming out of California where a judge made an injunction against a 2015 law that forced privately funded pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion services funded with taxpayer dollars.
This could be huge.
From Daily Wire:
As Jay Hobbs notes at pregnancyhelpnews.com, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra arose after the so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” was passed on a strictly party-line vote from state Democrats and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. After that, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals okayed the law last October. But two weeks ago a California superior court judge granted the injunction.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing NIFLA in the case, was thrilled that the Supreme Court is taking up the issue, stating, “By God’s grace, we now have an opportunity to secure a win for free speech and freedom of conscience at the Supreme Court. And a victory could protect pro-life pregnancy centers nationwide from becoming forced mouthpieces for Big Abortion’s message of death.”
The “Reproductive FACT Act” has been enforced in the City of Los Angeles and has also served as a template for a 2017 mandate in Hawaii; last July a judge in Illinois placed a statewide preliminary injunction on a 2016 law that would have forced medical professionals to refer patients to abortion businesses.
Thomas Glessner, J.D., president of NIFLA, pointed out, “California’s threat to pro-life pregnancy care centers and medical clinics counts among the most flagrant violations of constitutional religious and free speech rights in the nation. The implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in this case will reverberate nationwide, to similar unconstitutional laws in Illinois and Hawaii.”
These pregnancy centers are a critical component in the fight against abortion as they provide much needed services and support for women who find themselves pregnant and terrified of motherhood but don’t want to kill their unborn child.
Sometimes, the only reason a woman is considering such a horrible act is because she is struggling financially or has no one around to help her raise a kid.
Pregnancy centers can help fill in the gap and point individuals to resources that can make the journey a bit easier.
Let’s hope the case goes in favor of these centers so they won’t be forced to go against their mission.