ACLJ Asks Supreme Court to Take Case to Protect Free Speech Rights of Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

1402070435000

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents two non-profit organizations that operate numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City, today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case in which a federal appeals court has upheld portions of a New York City law that targets pro-life pregnancy centers, making it difficult for them to exercise their First Amendment rights.

The ACLJ filed suit challenging the New York City law that imposes burdensome disclaimer requirements upon crisis pregnancy centers - requirements not required of other centers. In January, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with the trial court in holding that two of the law’s three disclaimer requirements violate our clients’ First Amendment rights. However, by a 2-1 vote, the panel also upheld a third disclaimer requirement and concluded that the law’s definition of “pregnancy services center” is not unconstitutionally vague.

“This is a critically important case that focuses on the constitutionally-protected rights of pro-life advocates,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “To permit a law to remain in place that imposes burdensome requirements on crisis pregnancy centers is not only unacceptable but unconstitutional as well. We’re hopeful the high court will take the case and put an end to the efforts to silence pro-life pregnancy centers.”

The ACLJ today filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of The Evergreen Association, Inc. and Life Center of New York, Inc. – two non-profit organizations that operate numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City. The case is Evergreen v. City of New York.

The ACLJ urged the high court to take the case “. . . to correct the Second Circuit’s legal errors that have jeopardized the freedom of speech of individuals and groups. . .”

The ACLJ also contends the law, which places restrictions only on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, violates the constitutional protections afforded to individuals and groups by putting the government in charge of regulating speech. If left unchecked, the ACLJ contends the law “. . . opens a jurisprudential Pandora’s Box.”

“The Second Circuit’s ruling gives government actors a green light to use speech mandates far more frequently than the First Amendment, and relevant decisions of this Court, allow,” the petition argues.  

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.

Latest in
Pro Life

Defending the Unborn at the U.N.

By ACLJ.org1506002400000

Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states, “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law.” However, as we recently reported , the U.N. Human Rights Committee is attempting to revise its General Comment on Article 6...

read more

Planned Parenthood Ally Fights to Fund Big Abortion

By ACLJ.org1505329200000

Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion provider in America – has a new ally in Negative Population Growth, Inc., or “NPG.” Described as an “anti-immigrant environmentalist group,” NPG “promote[s] concepts such as ‘the two-child family,’” and “lowered rates of migration to the United States.”

read more

The Right to Life is Not the Right to Kill

By ACLJ.org1505307600000

Following the horrific violations of human rights that occurred during World War II, much of the world recognized the importance of establishing laws to protect the inherent right to life of all persons. As such, Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states ,

read more

Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Suit

By Edward White1504011600000

Planned Parenthood—the largest abortion provider in the country, which was founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger —was on the losing end in an appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals over Arkansas’s decision to terminate Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider, a decision that would...

read more