Source: USA Today
BY Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a major blow to a California law requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform women about publicly funded abortion and contraception services.
The 5-4 ruling by Justice Clarence Thomas, with the court’s conservatives in the majority, said the law “likely” violates the First Amendment as a form of compelled speech.
“Licensed clinics must provide a government-drafted script about the availability of state-sponsored services, as well as contact information for how to obtain them,” Thomas said. “One of those services is abortion — the very practice that petitioners are devoted to opposing.”