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California, coerced speech, and the Court: A panel discussion on NIFLA v. Becerra

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

WHO:  Denise Harle of Alliance Defending Freedom, Brianne Gorod of Constitutional Accountability Center, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and Kimberly Robinson of Bloomberg Law (moderator)

WHAT:  “California, Coerced Speech, and the Court: A Panel Discussion on NIFLA v. Becerra

WHEN:  Friday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE:  Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington (Please RSVP and use the Freedom Forum entrance on 6th St. NW) or watch via live stream


In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether California’s Reproductive FACT Act may coerce pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry despite free speech protections under the First Amendment. Specifically, the California law requires licensed medical centers that offer free, life-affirming support to pregnant women to advise women on how to obtain a state-sponsored abortion. Pregnancy centers must also include a phone number for a county office that refers women to Planned Parenthood and other abortionists. Additionally, the law forces non-medical pregnancy centers to add large disclosures in multiple languages about their non-medical status in all advertisements, including billboards and newspaper ads, which obscure and crowd out their pro-life speech.

NIFLA v. Becerra is set to be argued before the Supreme Court on March 20. Join legal experts for a panel discussion on the merits and implications of this case. Bloomberg Law’s Supreme Court Reporter Kimberly Robinson will moderate the discussion.

The event will be live-streamed. Admission is free. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP here.

Questions? Contact ADF Media Strategist Rebecca Sears at [email protected].

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