Congressman Chris Smith's Statement on Supreme Court Decision in NIFLA v. Becerra

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) released the following statement on Tuesday on the Supreme Court’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra:

“In NIFLA v. Becerra today, the Court ruled against a California law that requires medically licensed pregnancy centers to tell clients where to get free and low-cost abortions.

“This law was a blatant, egregious violation of the freedom of speech protected in the First Amendment. The government cannot coerce or compel the speech of its citizens. Period.

“Pregnancy centers were created to affirm life and to love both mother and baby.  They want no part of a law requiring them to tell a woman where to go to kill her child. Thankfully, today the Supreme Court recognized their First Amendment right to free speech—and to refrain from speaking.”