Justices at the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case with major implications. At issue: Can the state compel an organization to proclaim a message that is the antithesis of everything it believes? Under review is California’s law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to provide information on abortion.
Can the state compel an organization to proclaim a message that is the very antithesis of its mission?
On March 20, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that poses this question. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra challenges a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information to women about how and where to obtain a free or low-cost abortion. The law targets these pregnancy centers and imposes a fine if they are found to be in noncompliance. In other words, AB 775—also known as the Reproductive FACT Act—forces organizations to violate their very reason for existence. It also undermines their ability to meet a vital need of the women of California by offering them a pro-life, pro-woman alternative to abortion.