Free Speech Upheld by SCOTUS

By Richard Nelson

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July 5, 2018

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There's some good news for free speech. The Supreme Court struck down a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to post signs that promote abortion. This essentially made pro-life centers government mouthpieces for a message they didn't just disagreed with—but messages that were antithetical to everything they stood for. The courts saw it as government coercion of speech and a violation of the First Amendment, so they struck down the law. There are some 2,700 pro-life pregnancy care centers across the country and a negative ruling could have negatively impacted them. Instead we have a positive ruling. The highest court in the land affirmed that nobody's speech should be compelled or trampled by any government—even if it's from the biggest state in the nation.

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