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>> The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a free speech case that goes to the heart of the battle over abortion rights. The court said Monday, it will hear arguments on a contentious California law requiring private facilities that counsel women against abortion to also post signs telling clients how they can get abortions at state funded clinics.
Laurence Hurley is at the Supreme Court.>> So called, pregnancy crisis centers provide guidance to women who are pregnant, but don't offer abortions, and in fact are run by Christian groups that oppose abortion. And the issue is whether the state of California can force them to make disclosures that tell people where they can obtain abortions.
Or whether that's a violation of their free speech rights.>> California passed the measure two years ago alleging the faith based pregnancy centers sometimes misled women seeking care. The justices will hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the law brought by an anti-abortion group.>> And it will be really interesting to see how the nine justices on the Supreme Court tackle this issue.
Similar types of laws sometimes passed in conservative leaning states put similar types of restrictions on abortion clinics. So anything the court rules in this case could cut either way. It could make it harder for states to regulate so-called pregnancy crisis centers. But it could also make it harder for states to regulate abortion clinics.
>> The California law is one of two free speech cases the court agreed to review on Monday. The other, a conservative group's challenge to a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing t-shirts or other apparel displaying political messages inside polling stations during elections.