Tuesday September 18th, 2018 1:48PM

Supreme Court voids part of crisis pregnancy center law

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion probably violates the Constitution.

The 5-4 ruling Tuesday also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois.

The California law took effect in 2016. It requires centers that are licensed by the state to tell clients about the availability of contraception, abortion and pre-natal care, at little or no cost. Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. The court struck down that portion of the law.

The centers said they were singled out and forced to deliver a message with which they disagreed. California said the law was needed to let poor women know all their options.

Justice Clarence Thomas said in his majority opinion said the centers "are likely to succeed" in their constitutional challenge to the law.

"California cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it," Thomas wrote for himself and his conservative colleagues, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. He called the requirement for unlicensed centers "unjustified and unduly burdensome."

Justice Stephen Breyer said among the reasons the law should be upheld is that the high court has previously upheld state laws requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions about adoption services. "After all, the law must be evenhanded," Breyer said in a dissenting opinion joined by his liberal colleagues, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice California was a prime sponsor of the California law. NARAL contends that the centers mislead women about their options and try to pressure them to forgo abortion. Estimates of the number of crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. run from 2,500 to more than 4,000, compared with fewer than 1,500 abortion providers, women's rights groups said in a Supreme Court filing.

California's law was challenged by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, an organization with ties to 1,500 pregnancy centers nationwide and 140 in California.

The court has previously upheld requirements that doctors in abortion clinics must tell patients about alternatives to abortion.

In another lawsuit over regulating crisis pregnancy centers, a federal appeals court in New York struck down parts of a New York City ordinance, although it upheld the requirement for unlicensed centers to say that they lack a license.

Other states have laws that regulate doctors' speech in the abortion context. In Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin, doctors must display a sonogram and describe the fetus to most pregnant women considering an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. Similar laws have been blocked in Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Doctors' speech has also been an issue in non-abortion cases. A federal appeals court struck down parts of a 2011 Florida law that sought to prohibit doctors from talking about gun safety with their patients. Under the law, doctors faced fines and the possible loss of their medical licenses for discussing guns with patients.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Health, AP Business, AP Health - Women's health
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump's clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections
Trump's clout within his own party tested on Tuesday's elections
10:09AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Supreme Court voids part of crisis pregnancy center law
The Supreme Court says a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion probably violates the Constitution
10:08AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Trump denies he's to blame for Harley-Davidson decision
President Donald Trump is denying that his trade policy is responsible for Harley-Davidson's decision to some motorcycle production overseas.
10:02AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Knight fever: Bee Gees star becomes Sir Barry Gibb at palace
Bee Gee Barry Gibb has received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace, and says he hopes his late brothers Robin and Maurice are proud of him
9:22AM ( 52 minutes ago )
Media fight access restrictions on child detention centers
Heard about but not seen: News organizations fighting government restrictions on showing children caught up in Trump administration's immigration policies
9:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Missing Thai soccer team known for adventures together
Twelve young members of the Wild Boars soccer team are missing together with their coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand
9:06AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Prince William tours Holocaust memorial, meets survivors
Prince William is starting his busy Israel tour with a visit to Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial
7:18AM ( 2 hours ago )
Detainees released days after AP report on UAE-run prisons
Well-known Yemeni actor Nasser al-Anbari and at least three other detainees have been freed from prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates
6:41AM ( 3 hours ago )
Immigrant parents await word about children's fate
They came from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, with children in tow, unaware they would be separated after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border
6:31AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a strawberry-flavored syrup to treat severe seizures that begin in childhood
9:56PM ( 12 hours ago )
Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds
The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will investigate the complaint of a woman who says a Walgreens pharmacist denied to give her medication necessary to end her pregnancy after her baby stopped developing
5:15PM ( 16 hours ago )
Politician can't meet with detainees due to pox outbreak
A US congressman says he was turned away from trying to meet with detainees from the southern border crisis because of a chicken pox outbreak at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington
10:30AM ( 23 hours ago )
AP Health
Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies
The Trump administration is proposing a major reorganization of the federal government that would include merging the departments of education and labor and shifting the federal food stamp program to another agency.
6:00PM ( 4 days ago )
White House proposes merging education, labor
Trump administration proposes merging the education and labor departments as part of a broader government overhaul plan
2:01PM ( 4 days ago )
The Latest: Trump proposing to reorganize federal government
President Donald Trump's budget director is calling to reorganize portions of the federal government bureaucracy
1:04PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Health - Women's health
Trump's clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections
Trump's clout within his own party tested on Tuesday's elections
10:09AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Trump denies he's to blame for Harley-Davidson decision
President Donald Trump is denying that his trade policy is responsible for Harley-Davidson's decision to some motorcycle production overseas.
10:02AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Immigrant mother separated from boy : 'I dream of my son'
They came from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, with children in tow, unaware they would be separated after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border
10:00AM ( 13 minutes ago )
Grammys to increase nominees in top categories from 5 to 8
The Grammy Awards are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight
10:00AM ( 14 minutes ago )
The Latest: Jordan keeps border closed as Syrians flee
Jordan's foreign minister says his country's border with Syria will remain closed, as thousands of people in southern Syria flee a government offensive
9:49AM ( 25 minutes ago )