Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Will The Supreme Court Put Words In The Mouth Of Crises Pregnancy Centers?

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Forced speech is the latest incarnation of the secular assault on free speech, a.k.a, The First Amendment.

The secular far Left has all but normalized---at least in their mind---the practice of silencing Christians on social issues.

However, now they are attempting to actually put words in the mouth of pro-life Crises Pregnancy Centers.

The Supreme Court will soon decide if abortion activists can force pro-life people to advertise abortion clinics.

John Stonestreet explains, "The issue in the case is the constitutionality of California's 'Reproductive FACT Act.' 'FACT' is an acronym which stands for 'Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency'."

He says, "The Act requires 'unlicensed covered facilities' to 'disseminate a notice to all clients...stating, among other things, that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women'."

All this sounds neutral, but it isn't. It was created to force Crises Pregnancy Centers to actually promote, or advocate for abortion clinics---particularly Planned Parenthood.

While it's an egregious violation of free speech, the abortion industry is so accustomed to silencing pro-life believers that apparently they believe they can now force them to say what they want them to say by using the force of state law.

This case will have an impact beyond California. If this attempt by abortionists is upheld by the Supreme Court, it will be replicated in other states.

If it is struck down, the abortion activists will try another tack. They are relentless in their passion to abort unwanted children.

This assault on free speech requires "licensed centers" such as Planned Parenthood to display information about "other" services in "a 22-point font on a single standard sized piece of paper, while Pregnancy centers have to use at least a 48 point font...And, they must also include the disclaimer in all public advertisements in a font larger than the surrounding text."

The State of California has actually admitted that the "purpose of the Act is to target the speech of pro-life centers...Crises Pregnancy Centers...which aim to discourage and prevent women from seeking abortions and that often confuse and misinform women."

National Review published an article which says there is "no evidence that Pregnancy centers actually misinform women" and that "California lawmakers have crafted this law specifically to target crises-pregnancy centers because they dislike these centers and their pro-life speech."

Alliance Defending Freedom's Steve Casey told the National Review this is like a law requiring "McDonald's ...to advertise that they don't sell whoppers, or requiring Home Depot to advertise that it doesn't sell dresses or tennis shoes."

This is also an attempt to actually increase business to the government subsidized abortion business by means of coerced advertising.

The Supreme Court has said in the past, "The First Amendment requires heightened scrutiny whenever the government creates a regulation of speech because of disagreement with the message it conveys."

Personally, I can't see any way the Supreme Court will rule in favor of this form of "forced speech," but the fact that abortion activists are so emboldened should be a cause for concern for all pro-life Americans.

And when the Court rules against this unveiled attack on free speech and religious freedom, wouldn't it be nice if they also required Planned Parenthood and the other abortion centers to post their ruling in 48 point font on the window of every abortion shop across California and across America?

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.