FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2019
Media Contact: Blake Gober
The following quote may be attributed to National Institute of Family and Life Advocates President and Founder Thomas Glessner regarding the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, which President Trump commemorated as part of a speech Wednesday in Washington, D.C.:
“One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers and all Americans. In addition to protecting the work of life-affirming pregnancy centers across the nation, NIFLA v. Becerra clarified protection for the free speech rights of medical professionals, Christian counselors and churches.
However, we have seen that abortion industry advocates and their allies will stop at nothing to advance their agenda. Pregnancy centers working to provide free resources to women and children are still the target of legislative and media attacks nationwide. While NIFLA remains grateful for our victory in the Supreme Court one year ago, we know there is still much work to be done.”
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris:
“The government has no business forcing anyone to express a message that violates their convictions. California disregarded that truth when it passed a law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry, but one year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court rightly stopped that law and found that ‘the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail.’
The court’s decision has already been helpful to pro-life and speech cases in other states. The larger outcome of this case, however, affirmed the freedom that all Americans have to speak— or not to speak—in accordance with their conscience.”
The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates is a national nonprofit providing legal counsel, education, and training for pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics. Representing a network of nearly 1,500 pregnancy centers across the nation, NIFLA has challenged laws targeting its members in several states including California, Hawaii, and Illinois.
The NIFLA v. Becerra ruling in favor of pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech was released on June 26, 2018. NIFLA Vice President of Legal Affairs Anne O’Connor acted as co-counsel on NIFLA v. Becerra before the Supreme Court.
To book interviews with Anne O’Connor or Thomas Glessner about the anniversary of the NIFLA v. Becerra ruling or NIFLA’s pending legal action in other states, please contact NIFLA’s media team at [email protected].