Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case

Jun 27, 2018

By Adam Liptak

Ruling for opponents of abortion on free speech grounds, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the State of California may not require religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to supply women with information about how to end their pregnancies.

The case was a clash between state efforts to provide women with facts about their medical options and First Amendment rulings that place limits on the government’s ability to compel people to say things at odds with their beliefs.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the five-justice conservative majority, accepted the free-speech argument, ruling that the First Amendment prohibits California from forcing the centers, which oppose abortion on religious grounds, to post notices about how to obtain the procedure. The centers seek to persuade women to choose parenting or adoption.

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4 comments on “Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case

  • @OP – The case was a clash between state efforts to provide women with facts about their medical options and First Amendment rulings that place limits on the government’s ability to compel people to say things at odds with their beliefs.

    Ah! An official liars’, quacks’ and fraudsters’ charter!

    And next: – No need for boiler-room share-scammers or Nigerian “banks”, to mention a lack of licences or credentials, if those are “Against their beliefs”!!? 🙂

    In the Trump era, those “alternative facts” must be afforded authoritative status! – At least in the USA!



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  • It is probably going to get worse as a younger Trump appointee is put in place for the future!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44634176

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is set to retire, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement a conservative majority on the top court.

    The conservative has been a pivotal vote on many decisions including the 5-4 rulings that decided same-sex marriage and upheld abortion rights.

    Justice Kennedy, 81, will retire on 31 July, per his letter to Mr Trump.



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  • The same “sanctity of life” indoctrinated pseudo-knowledge about the nature of “life”, continues to generate ignorant bigots wearing “the religion badges of irrational faith-thinkers”, who are obsessed with imposing their ignorant delusions on other people, across a whole range of medical services! (family planning, contraception, abortion, assisted dying)

    These people have no regard for their deliberate planned inflicting of pain, suffering, financial hardships, or disabilities, on their fellow humans when they are acting on behalf of their delusional beliefs!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-44628459

    He also said the High Court had seen evidence Mr Conway’s proposed scheme was “inadequate to protect the weak and vulnerable”.

    It also failed to give enough weight to the “sanctity of life and to the scheme’s potential to undermine trust and confidence as between doctors and patients”, he added.

    The appeal was opposed by the Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, with Care Not Killing and Not Dead Yet UK also making submissions.

    Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing, said the Court of Appeal’s decision was “sensible”.

    He added: “The safest law is the one we already have – a complete ban on assisted suicide and euthanasia.

    Safest for whom? we might ask?
    Safest for indoctrinated fantasy doctrines and dogmas, hiding behind religion badges, to avoid the challenges of being threatened with objective rational thinking and analysis?

    Safest for cowardly politicians or judges? who want to duck responsibility for making humanitarian plans and decisions, which might attract personal attacks from the religious establishment or delusional activists? – While the terminally ill suffer and die as they prevaricate!



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  • I see that in the UK, while the parliamentarians who couldn’t get their act together on assisted dying, and currently cannot get their act together over BREXIT, there is some sign of progress against obstructive  backwardness in the UK medical profession.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47641766
    Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die.

    Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying.

    Under UK law, it is illegal to encourage or assist a suicide.

    Nearly 7,000 doctors voted in the online poll:

    43% thought the college should oppose a change in the law
    32% wanted the college to support a change
    25% were neutral

    And the college has shifted to a neutral stance because neither side achieved a majority of 60%.

    However, a group of doctors opposed to any change in the college’s position are planning to challenge the decision to ask for a majority result.

    Those who care about the rights of the terminally ill to self determination, need to actively support constructive moves, and watch out for the actions of the delusional bigots.


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