Supreme Court Ruling Grants Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers A License To Lie

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released a statement today condemning the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. In a 5-4 decision, the Court blocked enforcement of a California law requiring faith-based crisis pregnancy centers to notify patients about their full range of medical options, including abortion.

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

"This decision further chips away at reproductive rights by empowering religious zealots with the right to deceive patients in pursuit of their anti-choice crusade. It is well documented that many of these so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" go to extraordinary lengths to pose as legitimate healthcare providers. In light of these underhanded tactics, it is entirely reasonable for lawmakers to pass legislation ensuring patients are aware of their full range of medical options."

"While this decision is deeply disappointing, the dramatic separate concurrence written by Justice Kennedy is disturbing on another level. In his opinion, Kennedy accuses California lawmakers of targeting faith-based providers and compelling them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Religious affiliation does not give anyone the right to masquerade as a healthcare provider. Contrary to Kennedy's opinion, this law did not unfairly "target" anti-choice Christians. California lawmakers wanted to take reasonable steps to protect women and empower them with the information they need to make informed decisions. The right to practice your religion does not include dressing up as a doctor, opening up a fake clinic, and lying to women about their medical options. It is shameful that this even needs to be said."

Contact: Casey Brescia
Senior Communications Associate and Spokesman
[email protected], (845) 380-6201

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The Secular Coalition for America is the nation's premier advocacy organization representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other nontheists. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The Secular Coalition represents 19 voting member organizations.

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