Lake County Right to Life applauds the June 26th, 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision (NIFLA v. Becerra). The decision was written by Justice Clarence Thomas and narrowly decided by a 5-4 vote. The case challenged a California law requiring licensed pregnancy resource centers to disclose where women could receive free or low-cost abortions, and requiring unlicensed centers to insert state-dictated material in their advertising, thus violated the First Amendment Rights of all pregnancy resource centers in the state.
Pregnancy Resource centers provide vital, life affirming alternatives to mothers facing an unexpected pregnancy. These centers work to promote life not destroy it.
Elections matter, the President appoints to the Court. The Senate confirms the appointment. Justice Neal Gorsuch was appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Had this not occurred we would have had a different decision.
Will The Supreme Court Decision Affect Illinois Law!!!
An Illinois Bill, SB1564 passed the Illinois House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on July 29th 2016. The new law would force medical professionals and pregnancy resource centers to promote abortion, regardless of their religious or moral convictions. SB1564 amended the states healthcare Right Of Conscience Act it compelled Pro-life doctors and pregnancy resource centers to refer patience to healthcare providers who would preform abortions.
A Right of Conscience lawsuit was filed in response to SB1564 by an Illinois doctor and 2 pregnancy care centers. Alliance Defending Freedom Attorneys are representing the above in the Illinois legal system.
Presently a Federal District Court has granted an injunction which allows pregnancy resource centers to operate while the law is being litigated in the courts.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court California decision (NIFLA v. Becerra) will certainly have an impact as Illinois Courts litigate our present law.
ELECTIONS MATTER!!! This law was passed by both Houses of the Illinois Legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. This bill could have been stopped if we had elected Pro-life Legislators.
Stay tuned, we will report any new information on SB1564.