The Supreme Court: Free Speech Versus Reproductive Rights

Supreme Court vs Abortion
Reagan Barklage of St. Louis, center, and other anti-abortion activists demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 27, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press
Supreme Court vs Abortion
Reagan Barklage of St. Louis, center, and other anti-abortion activists demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 27, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

The Supreme Court: Free Speech Versus Reproductive Rights

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to reverse a lower court decision upholding a California law, instead ruling in favor of pro-life pregnancy centers that claimed abortion rights are against free speech. The ruling was 5-4.

Within the fight that pitted the “right to know” versus “the right to free speech” were anti-abortion pregnancy centers, and the state of California, which enacted a law in 2015 aimed at preventing these centers from misleading or misinforming women who visited the centers.

The high court ruled that the California law was a violation of the centers’ First Amendment right to free speech.

The Morning Shift analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision and its impact on both free speech and abortion rights.

GUESTS: Steve Schwinn, constitutional law professor at John Marshall Law School

Jennifer Welch, president of Planned Parenthood of Illinois

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