About this Case

There were 3 cases (A Woman's Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic v. Becerra, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, and Livingwell Medical Clinic v. Becerra) involving pregnancy centers that were subject to a California State requirement requiring them to make disclosures about their services, but the state did not require similar disclosures by abortion providers.  The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld California’s requirements for pregnancy centers.

Summary of NLF's Brief

We filed two briefs on these cases.  The first supported the pregnancy centers’ petition that the U.S. Supreme Court accept an appeal of the lower courts’ decisions.  After the Supreme Court granted the petition, we prepared another brief supporting the centers’ argument that the California requirements are unconstitutional.  In the second brief, because these cases all involved compelled speech and viewpoint discrimination, we argued that the Court should apply a “strict scrutiny” standard of review when deciding whether California’s requirements are permissible under the Constitution.  Under a strict scrutiny standard, we argued that the California requirements violate the U.S. Constitution and that the lower court decisions should be reversed.