9th Circuit upholds California law forcing pro-life centers to promote abortion


Friday, October 14, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Bowman regarding Friday’s decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that upholds AB 775, a California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion:

“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients.”
 
  • Pronunciation guide: Bowman (BOH’-min)
 
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