On June 26, 2018, before the US Supreme Court ended its 2017-18 session, the court ruled 5-4 in favor of The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (DBA- NIFLA), et al. versus Becerra, Attorney General of California, et al.
The basis of the case was the California state houses passed a law requiring pro-life facilities to provide women who sought out pregnancy counseling at their facilities to provide information about abortion as a choice. NIFLA argued this law goes against everything pro-life organizations represent (Note: The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a 501(3)(c) organization, provides training, education and legal counsel for their pro-life members and those they serve).
Justice Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Kennedy, Alito and Gorsuch joined. Additionally, Kennedy filed a concurring opinion, in which Roberts, Alito and Gorsuch joined.
Justice Breyer, filed dissenting opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, joined.
The ruling is a huge win for the pro-life movement, and free speech. If the ruling was reversed, pro-life facilities would have had to give out information regarding abortions as well as their locations, or the equivalent of letting the fox into the chicken coop!
There’s an old saying in politics that as California goes, so does the rest of the country. With this ruling, we at Bridge certainly hope this is the beginning of a trend of respecting the lives of babies and their mothers.