United States top court to hear abortion rights info case

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In taking the case on, the Supreme Court justices limited their participation to one question: "Whether the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the protections set forth in the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment".

The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to examine a California law that obliges private anti-abortion agencies to tell pregnant clients they can get a publicly-financed abortion and contraception.

Its brief cited the words of the legislature calling the law "the most effective way to ensure that women quickly obtain the information and services they need" about pregnancy options from health facilities that are not connected to state programs.

A coalition of pro-life groups claimed that the law forces pregnancy centers run by religious organization to promote abortion.

"The state should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech", said Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom conservative Christian legal group representing the law's challengers.

Under the pretext of helping and advising women who did not want to become pregnant, these centers try instead to convince them at all cost not to abort.

"Information is power, and all women should have access to the information they need when making personal health care decisions", said Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a prepared statement, also vowing to defend the law in a tweet. The suit says the regulations violate both freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

The Reproductive FACT Act was passed in October 2015. He emphasized that "information is power".

California argues that the reproductive fact act regulates the healthcare industry and helps women know the state has programs providing birth control and abortions.

The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled against the centers previous year.

The court has taken a series of cases involving free speech arguments to which its conservative majority is often receptive. More than 50% of those are unintended pregnancies.

A Woman's Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic in Marysville was apart of the lawsuit against the state Attorney General's Office past year.

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