On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear three different cases involving the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. One of the cases involves anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers in California that were targeted by a state law requiring them to provide information to women about state provided abortion programs and contraception services. The state law was being challenged claiming that it violated the crisis pregnancy centers’ right to free speech.
The second case involves banning anyone from wearing political messages while at a polling station. This law was passed in Minnesota and is being challenged for a violation of the First Amendment right of free speech.
The third case was filed by a man in Florida who was arrested after speaking out about corruption during a city council meeting.
The Supreme Court said Monday it would decide whether it violates free speech guarantees for California to require “crisis pregnancy centers,” which counsel against abortion, to tell patients that the state offers contraception services and abortion assistance.
The case is one of three raising First Amendment concerns that the court announced it will hear after the first of the year. Another involves a Minnesota law that bans wearing political messages at polling places. The third stems from the arrest of a man who spoke out against “corruption” at a Florida city council meeting.
The California case promises to be a high-profile conflict that raises important free speech issues about when a state’s intent to regulate the medical profession violates constitutional protections…
Liberals in states like California have been working hard to shut down crisis pregnancy centers and silence pro-life activists, especially those who speak to women approaching or entering an abortion clinic. Some states have passed safety zone laws out-side abortion clinics, but no such laws protect crisis pregnancy centers.