Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to California’s Reproductive FACT Act

By Melanie Arter | November 13, 2017 | 5:29pm EST

( - The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to give information on and refer pregnant women for abortions.

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), which represents more than 1,400 pregnancy help centers across the country, including more than 100 in California, is challenging the law in NIFLA v. Becerra.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute,  the 501(c)(3) research and education institute of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.

CLI President Chuck Donovan welcomed the high court’s decision to take the case.

“In communities across the country, these agencies offer low- or no-cost services for women who seek to carry their children to term. California’s abusive law will not save one life; rather it will hasten the destruction of it by targeting the heart of pregnancy centers’ mission of service,” Donovan said in a statement.

“The law would also reduce women’s options at one of the most critical times in their lives.  We look forward to a clear message from the High Court that this mandate and its cruel effects violate fundamental First Amendment guarantees,” he added.

The amicus curiae brief filed by CLI argues that “more than 2,300 Pregnancy Help Centers (‘PHCs’) nationwide provide vital, highly valued services to vulnerable mothers and children on a free or low-cost basis.” It also argues that forcing PHCs “to refer for abortion undermines their mission and the principles that inspire them to serve vulnerable mothers and children.”

It also stated that according to 2010 data, pregnancy centers “served more than 2 million people, with estimated community cost savings of more than $100 million.” Additionally, over 1,000 medically oriented pregnancy centers existed in 2010, providing “ultrasound and other medical services, prenatal care, education on prenatal development, parenting education classes, and material assistance to mothers and children.

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