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>> The US Supreme Court this week is set to hear a case pitting freedom of speech against laws protecting abortion rights. The case is brought by this clinic, which calls itself a crisis pregnancy center in El Cajon outside San Diego, California. It is a Christian-based Clinic and it's fighting against a California State Law that requires licensed facilities to inform patients about free and low-cost abortion and birth control options.
This Center argues that it's their right under the First Amendment to choose whether or not to discuss or advertise abortion. The State of California disagrees. Claiming crisis pregnancy centers are acting in a deceptive way to deter women from terminating pregnancies by providing false medical advice and incomplete information.
The Center says that they offer legitimate services and that their mission is to persuade women to forgo abortion. This case is one of several the Supreme Court is tackling this term having to do with what conservative activists call compelled speech. Another high profile example is the case of a Colorado wedding cake maker who refused to serve a gay couple.
The Court's 5-4 conservative majority has shown itself receptive to First Amendment arguments.