FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that required pregnancy resource centers to tell pregnant women that low-cost and publicly funded abortion is available in California, and to give the women a phone number to call.
Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement, saying, “This is a really good ruling. California, Illinois, and Hawaii have passed laws that effectively require pregnancy resource centers to do abortion referrals. Pregnancy resource centers exist to help women choose options besides abortion. Forcing them to promote abortion goes against their very purpose. I’m glad the U.S. Supreme Court understood that and struck down California’s law today.”
Cox said the ruling is good for pregnancy resource centers in Arkansas. “Legislators in Arkansas haven’t tried to regulate pregnancy resource centers the way politicians in other states have, but this court decision still helps Arkansas’ pregnancy resource centers. The ruling protects Arkansas’ pregnancy resource centers just as much as it does the centers in California. The court’s decision does not call into question any of the good laws that Arkansas has passed in recent years requiring abortion facilities to give women all the facts about abortion—including its risks, consequences, and alternatives. The ruling reaffirms that the government cannot force people to violate their deeply-held religious convictions. All in all, that’s good for everyone.”
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.
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