That post heading sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. The California government would never pass legislation forcing the NAACP to place advertisements on their grounds for their polar opposite, would they? What a monstrous overreach that would be. Unless you are a pro-life organization, of course.
The Supreme Court is now deciding a case in which a pro-life group is fighting a CA law that forces them to advertise, in their facilities, state-funded abortions and how women can get them. Its amazing to me that a state government would pass such a clear violation of Constitutionally-protected rights to speech and conscience. Who do those people think they are?
Washington Examiner has a good rundown of the case:
Which one of the following is true?
1. Massachusetts has passed a law requiring Alcoholics Anonymous to hang posters at their meetings to advertise where to get alcohol.
2. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that requires Hindu temples to post signs advising on where to purchase hamburger meat.
3. California’s attorney general is fighting to force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer for abortions.
If you guessed the last one, you are correct.
The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates – a nationwide network of more than 1,400 pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics – will be making its case against the so-called California Reproductive FACT Act to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will represent California’s effort to turn pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics into abortion referral agencies.
The decision of SCOTUS in this matter will have serious implications for freedom of speech in this country. After all, if the American Civil Liberties Union truly cares about free speech, why not free speech for pro-life advocates, whose core principles include the fact that unborn children are human … and that abortion is murder?
Under this California law, pro-life medical centers must post a sign in their waiting area that tells their patients how to get state-funded abortions. A phone number to call and get the abortion procedure started must be on the sign. Violations of the law could result in massive punitive fines that would close down centers.
This persecution of pro-life pregnancy centers comes after state and federal courts in California, Illinois, Maryland, and elsewhere have found laws like the FACT Act to be unconstitutional free speech infringements.
Mandating that pro-life centers speak a message with which they fundamentally disagree undercuts the very foundation of the First Amendment. Freedom of speech requires that the government allow speech with which it disagrees.