Fake Pregnancy Centers Now Have Stronger Free Speech Protections Than Real Ones

The high court’s opinion ― which is very protective of free speech generally ― could actually make it harder for reproductive rights advocates to challenge those mandated speech laws on behalf of doctors. “The decision today doesn’t bode well for any First Amendment challenges to biased counseling requirements,” said Heather Shumaker, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “Thomas made a really incongruous distinction between First Amendment protections for CPCs that exist to deceive women and don’t provide a variety of medical procedures, and real providers that provide medical care.”