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Supreme Court Takes Pro-Life Counseling/Free-Speech Case

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (K-LOVE News/AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a free speech challenge to a California law that targets crisis pregnancy centers, which are often faith-based. This adds to a high court term that is loaded with First Amendment disputes.

The justices said they will review the centers' complaint that a new state law forces them to provide information about ending pregnancies, which is diametrically opposed to the reasons the crisis pregnancy centers exist.

Lower courts had allowed the law to take effect. Unlicensed centers also must inform clients of their status.

Two other new cases the justices added Monday also involve free-speech claims, by opponents of a Minnesota law banning any political attire at polling places and a Florida man who contends police arrested him in retaliation for voicing his views.

The three new cases will be argued in February or March.

(The Associated Press contirubuted to this story)