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The Supreme Court of the United States in 2018 heard the case of NIFLA v. Becerra, and in 2016 the case of Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Both cases were so pivotal to the pro-life movement to warrant a CLE presentation at the 2019 NIFLA Summit held on the Regent University School of Law campus in May. 

Rep. Katrina Jackson addresses attendees of the Celebrate Life Luncheon at the 2019 Summit

NIFLA v. Becerra considered how far speech about abortion can be compelled, while Whole Women’s Health successfully challenged clinic restrictions that would have protected women. Each presenter who joined me exhaustively researched and wrote about the topic she presented for her academic legal scholarship thesis in law school as part of her service on law review. 

Corrie Lee Evans is an editor for the Regent University Law Review and has served with NIFLA in an apprenticeship, and Tifani Silveria is the Editor in Chief of the Regent University Law Review. Each presented the fine work done this year to update on the latest case law.

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates represents more than 1,430 pregnancy centers across the country. To find a NIFLA member center near you, go to and click on any state below.

While these cases have provided two sides of a coin – one to protect free speech, and the other to limit clinic protection – having a basic working knowledge of them is necessary, and getting that information from Christian women who are future lawyers is most helpful. A Christian Perspective on Gender Equality is helpful in protecting women from the destruction of abortion. Family restoration can work to protect the lives of women and children, and pregnancy centers do just that. 

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater (The Keim Centers) receive NIFLA’s 2019 Excellence Award. From left to right: Chandra Jarrett, Paige Coulter, Tony DeBause, Christine Robinson

Pregnancy centers and the women who visit them need to have free speech rights to discuss their options to save the lives of their unborn children, as well as be protected themselves from the harms of abortion.

This blog post was originally published in “Family Restoration,” the blog of Regent University Law, and written by Lynne Marie Kohm.

Lynne Marie Kohm, law professor, author, lawyer, speaker, and discipleship mentor, is dedicated to family restoration through the application of Christian legal principles.

View the original post at Family Restoration.