Supreme Court rules against California law targeting anti-abortion pregnancy centers

Source: USA Today

BY , 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.

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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.”

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