Case on California abortion services disclosure law heads to US Supreme Court

A challenge to a California abortion law will head to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Los Angeles Times

Under the state's law, "crisis pregnancy centers" must disclose to patients that California offers contraception and abortion subsidies, the report states.

But lawyers for anti-abortion group Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., are challenging California's disclosure law, saying the law mandates free advertising for abortions and violates faith-based pregnancy centers' constitutionally protected freedoms.

The case stems from a lawsuit the ADF lawyers initially filed on behalf of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, which represents more than 100 California pregnancy centers, according to the report.

The ADF lawyers said they asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case after the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law last year. At the time of the appeals court decision, Judge Dorothy Nelson said the California law does not "encourage, suggest or imply" that an abortion take place and is "closely drawn to achieve California's interest in safeguarding public health and fully informing Californians of the existence of publicly funded medical services," the LA Times reports.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case.

Read the full LA Times report here.


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