Supreme Court takes up challenge by crisis pregnancy centers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free-speech fight over California’s attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
The case being argued Tuesday involves information required by a state law that the centers must provide clients about the availability of contraception, abortion and pre-natal care, at little or no cost. Centers that are unlicensed also must post a sign that says so.
The centers say that they are being forced to deliver a message with which they disagree because their aim is to steer women away from abortion.
California and abortions rights groups that backed the law say its goal is to give pregnant women complete and accurate information.
The outcome also could affect laws in other states that seek to regulate doctors’ speech.