WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-20-18) –Beginning at 9:30 a.m. eastern on both Thursday, June 21, and Monday, June 25, Students for Life of America spokespeople and students will be available outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the NIFLA v. Becerra decision is announced and to address any end-of-term news. Reporters can locate SFLA team members by looking for the “Pro-Life Generation” black and white signs.
The NIFLA case is significant for all who speak on pro-life issues. Writing earlier this year in an op-ed at Fox News, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins observed:“Should the government be able to force you to advocate for things you believe are harmful? Consider the outrage if vegetarian nutritionists were forced to extoll the health benefits of beef or if breast-feeding advocates in the La Leche League had to recommend baby formula or if anti-war protestors had to mention Army recruitment. That kind of government interference in free speech would be seen as ridiculous if applied to such passions. But people opposed to abortion face such pressure now in California … Most of us have heard of a gag order, where a court orders someone to stay quiet, but new on the scene of speech lately are compelled speech orders, which require people to advocate for things despite their passionately held convictions. This Orwellian campaign puts the bully in bully pulpit, as it attempts to co-opt almost every pro-life conversation.”
She continued: “Since 2016, pro-life clinics in California have been unconstitutionally compelled to make statements that violate their beliefs, such as posting advertisements for state-funded abortions in their care centers and including notices designed by the state to delegitimize the services these clinics offer to pregnant women … the breakdown of First Amendment protections for a disliked group of citizens – in this case, pro-life advocates – could extend to any group advocating a worldview not shared by the majority in any given local, state, or federal government. That includes pro-life student organizations on school campuses and programs designed to assist pregnant and parenting students with life-affirming resources.”
Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, Students for Life has more than 1,200 groups on college and high school campuses located in all fifty states.