Skip to main content

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra

Description:  California’s Reproductive FACT Act, AB 775, forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The law required licensed medical centers that offer free, pro-life help to pregnant women to post a disclosure saying that California provides free or low-cost abortion and contraception services. The disclosure had to include a phone number for a county office that refers women to Planned Parenthood and other abortionists. The law also forced unlicensed pregnancy centers to add large disclosures about their non-medical status in all advertisements, even if they provide no medical services.


Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

 
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris regarding the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, which President Trump commemorated as part of a speech Wednesday in Washington, D.C.:

“The government has no business forcing anyone to express a message that violates their convictions. California disregarded that truth when it passed a law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry, but one year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court rightly stopped that law and found that ‘the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail.’ The court’s decision has already been helpful to pro-life and speech cases in other states. The larger outcome of this case, however, affirmed the freedom that all Americans have to speak—or not to speak—in accordance with their conscience. We thank President Trump for recognizing the anniversary of this vital ruling from the high court.”

Farris argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of NIFLA and two of its pro-life pregnancy centers.

The following quote may be attributed to NIFLA President Thomas Glessner:

“One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers and all Americans. In addition to protecting the work of life-affirming pregnancy centers across the nation, NIFLA v. Becerra clarified protection for the free speech rights of medical professionals, Christian counselors, and churches. However, we have seen that abortion industry advocates and their allies will stop at nothing to advance their agenda. Pregnancy centers working to provide free resources to women and children are still the target of legislative and media attacks nationwide. While NIFLA remains grateful for our victory in the Supreme Court one year ago, we know there is still much work to be done.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
# # # |  Ref. 52123


Commentary


Previous News Releases


Legal Documents

Complaint: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Motion for and brief in support of preliminary injunction: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Reply brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Opening brief filed with 9th Circuit: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Preliminary injunction denial: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
9th Circuit opinion on preliminary injunction motion: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris
Brief for the state respondents in opposition to petition for writ of certiorari: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
Reply in support of petition for writ of certiorari: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
Opening brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
Amicus briefs filed with U.S. Supreme Court: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
State of California merits brief: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
Reply brief for petitioners: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
U.S. Supreme Court oral argument audio and transcript: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
U.S. Supreme Court opinion: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
9th Circuit order on remand: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
Permanent injunction order: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra

Related Resources

Resource page: Freedom of conscience

ABOUT Michael Farris

Michael P. Farris is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College and continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC. He graduated from Western Washington State College, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a J.D. from Gonzaga University (with honors). At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review, and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition. He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of London. Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the appellate courts of 13 states. He is also the author of numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.