The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and free speech in a 5-4 vote on June 26.
The ruling of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra overturned a California law known as the Reproductive FACT Act, which forced CPCs to provide free advertisements of tax-funded abortion services.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who delivered the opinion of the Court on behalf of the majority, said that “the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail.”
“No one should be forced by the government to express a message that violates their convictions, especially on deeply divisive subjects such as abortion,” said Michael Farris, Alliance Defending Freedom president, CEO and general counsel who argued before the Supreme Court in March. “Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours. They enable us to peacefully coexist with one another. If we want to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to others.”