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>> The US Supreme Court, on Tuesday, cast a skeptical eye at a California Law in a case pitting free speech rights against efforts to protect a woman's right to an abortion. The case brought by a Christian based clinic, known as a Crisis Pregnancy Center, near San Diego. The clinic, which opposes abortion, fighting the state law that requires it to inform patients about state funded abortions and birth control.
Reporter, Andrew Chung, was in the courtroom Tuesday, where that law took a pounding.>> It would appear that the California Law in question that was created by a democratic legislature and signed by a democratic governor, could be in some trouble. Because both conservative and liberal justices, today, seem to express some concern that the law may have been intended to target only those people with anti-abortion views.
And so, for example, Conservative Justice Samuel Alito pressed on this issue saying, it seemed to only affect pro-life facilities. And other justices seem to also wonder if the law was fashioned in a way that it would do exactly that, including Liberal Justice Leanna Keegan.>> The clinic argued it has the right under the First Amendment to decide not to discuss abortion with its clients But the state claims such clinics are acting in a deceptive way to deter women from terminating their pregnancies.
A win for the plaintiffs could make it harder for democratic governed states to impose rules on Crisis Pregnancy Centers, but that outcome could cut both ways.>> Ironically it could also make it more difficult for conservative leading states to put in place regulations that limit abortion providers and their services.
>> The court is expected to rule on the case by the end of June.