Supreme Court Warily Eyes California Law Involving Abortion and Free Speech

Mar 22, 2018

By Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — A California law that requires “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide information about abortion met a skeptical reception at Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday.

The centers, which are often affiliated with religious groups, seek to persuade women to carry their pregnancies to term or to offer their offspring for adoption. The law requires centers licensed by the state to post notices that free or low-cost abortion, contraception and prenatal care are available to low-income women through public programs, and to provide the phone number for more information.

Justices across the ideological spectrum said they suspected that the law had singled out centers run by opponents of abortion. Justice Elena Kagan said she was concerned that the law had been “gerrymandered” to address only some providers, something she said would pose a serious First Amendment problem.

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2 comments on “Supreme Court Warily Eyes California Law Involving Abortion and Free Speech

  • @OP – Justices across the ideological spectrum

    I think that identifies the key issue of the difference between religion-based ideological bigotry, and science based medical advice!

    said they suspected that the law had singled out centers run by opponents of abortion.

    Now let me guess! Why would a law single-out and separate unlicensed ideology-based pseudo-science “advice centres”, by forcing them to disclose that they are not licensed medical facilities? 🙂

    Justice Elena Kagan said she was concerned that the law had been “gerrymandered” to address only some providers, something she said would pose a serious First Amendment problem.

    Yep! as she “knows” (presumably using “faith”) any bunch of ideological bigots can claim to offer “advice” equivalent to that from expert medical services!

    After all, those doctors don’t REALLY need years of medical training to practice – DO THEY? Any Bible-schooled aspiring novice, is just as qualified to give medical advice – without disclosing their lack of qualifications or hidden agendas- at least according to this “all opinions are equal” brigade! 🙂

    (Perhaps I could help them understand this “all opinions are equal philosophy” better, by offering them my advice and skills in their personal dentistry! – I have lots of experience using drills, hammers, chisels, and pliers, but admittedly none in anaesthetics!)
    Still – they a quite happy that all opinions are equal, so that should not be a problem! 🙂



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  • The god-deluded really do like to inflict pain, suffering, and disability in the name of (self-)righteousness!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-42328116

    Major street protests are expected across cities in Poland against plans to further tighten the abortion laws, already one of Europe’s strictest.

    A bill in parliament seeks to ban abortions in cases of foetal abnormality, one of the few exceptions allowed under the current law.

    Anti-abortion groups say many terminations involve foetuses diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.

    Pro-choice groups say more women will be forced into illegal terminations.

    What is the law in Poland now?

    Abortion is already mostly banned. The only exceptions are a severe and irreversible damage to the foetus, a serious threat to the mother’s health, or when pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

    Estimates say there are already far more illegal abortions than legal ones in Poland – between 10,000 and 150,000, compared with about 1,000 or 2,000 legal terminations.

    Access to contraception is also tight in this staunchly Catholic nation – the only over-the-counter contraception available is the condom.

    Yep! this Catholic theocracy – like others, is determined to ensure a supply of seriously disabled children!

    Strangely, the historical record of abuses in Catholic and Polish orphanages suggests that this “caring for foetuses”, ceases once a child is born and actually becomes a child!

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/psychotic-nuns-ran-childrens-home-like-nazi-concentration-camp-abuse-inquiry-is-told-29959634.html



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