Is requiring health care facilities to notify women about abortion programs a violation of free speech?
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not this relatively new California law violates the First Amendment. The high court agreed to hear the case Monday.
The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2015, requires health care facilities to notify women that California has public programs that provides access to family planning services, including abortion.
But some pregnancy centers, which are anti-abortion, argue that the law forces them to "speak the state's message in support of it."
"Information is power, and all women should have access to the information they need when making personal health care decisions," said Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a prepared statement, also vowing to defend the law in a tweet.
Info is power & all women should have access to the info they need when making personal #healthcare decisions. I stand ready to defend California’s Reproductive FACT Act in #SCOTUS! https://t.co/TkKhb94XkS— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) November 13, 2017
A Woman's Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic in Marysville was apart of the lawsuit against the state Attorney General's Office last year.
University of California, Davis, law professor Aaron Tang said a ruling in favor of the anti-abortion pregnancy centers could "cut both ways" in the broader abortion debate because it would suggest that pro-life state Legislatures violate the First Amendment rights of abortion providers.
Tang said the case will likely be argued in March 2018 with a ruling sometime before the end of June 2018.
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