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US Supreme Court: Govt can't force people to express messages they disagree with

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday against government-compelled speech in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra:

“No one should be forced by the government to express a message that violates their convictions, especially on deeply divisive subjects such as abortion. In this case, the government used its power to force pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free advertising for abortion. The Supreme Court said that the government can’t do that, and that it must respect pro-life beliefs. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours. They enable us to peacefully coexist with one another. If we want to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to others.”

Audio of Tuesday’s media briefing featuring ADF Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner, NIFLA President Thomas Glessner, and NIFLA Vice President of Legal Affairs Anne O’Connor is available here.

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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