Georgia Attorney General Carr Applauds Supreme Court Victory for Free Speech
ATLANTA – The U.S. Supreme Court today sided with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr today in blocking a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion.
In January, Carr joined 22 other states in a coalition that challenged the 2015 California law known as the Reproductive FACT Act.
“California’s Reproductive FACT Act encroaches on our constitutionally protected right of free speech by forcing pro-life organizations to post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “I was proud to join the coalition to fight this unconstitutional law, and today’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for free speech.”
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block the law.
In Justice Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion, he argued, “Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secured freedom of thought and belief. The law imperils those liberties.”
In addition to Georgia, the coalition challenging the law included: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.