Pro-life pregnancy centers ask Supreme Court to strike down California abortion referral law
Pro-life pregnancy centers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a California law requiring clinics to refer patients for state-funded abortions.
Attorneys representing two faith-based pregnancy centers and a national umbrella group for pro-life clinics filed a petition Monday challenging the constitutionality of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act.
David Cortman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the petition, said the law is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
“It’s unthinkable for the government to force anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry,” Mr. Cortman said in a statement. “This is especially true of pregnancy care centers, which exist to care for women who want to have their babies. The state shouldn’t have the power to punish anyone for being pro-life.”