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Geoffrey Surtees

Geoffrey Surtees is an attorney with the ACLJ and specializes in religious civil liberties. Geoff is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (summa cum laude) from the Pontifical Lateran University. Since joining the ACLJ as an attorney in 2001, Geoff has been active in a wide array of First Amendment cases, including the free speech rights of pro-life demonstrators and public school students. He has also participated in cases involving the conscience rights of medical personnel and the religious rights of public and private employees.

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Victory in California for Pro-Life Centers

By Geoffrey Surtees1499798916209

As discussed here , the State of California has attacked pro-life pregnancy centers by requiring them, under pain of financial penalties, to advertise free or low-cost abortions paid for by the State. Called the “ Reproductive FACT Act ,” the law is a brazen attempt to coerce pro-life groups into...

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Defending Pro-Life Speech at Supreme Court

By Geoffrey Surtees1496418724497

Can the government compel pro-life pregnancy centers—facilities that offer abortion alternatives and support to women—to tell their clients that they might be able to get a free abortion, paid for by the state? While the State of California says, yes , the First Amendment says, no . As explained in...

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ACLJ Defends School Board Opening in Prayer

By Geoffrey Surtees1493836082751

Can a public school board offer a prayer or invocation prior to a meeting of the board? As we argue in a brief filed with the Ninth Circuit today, the answer to that question is yes . In 2014, the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education adopted a resolution permitting local...

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CPC Legal Fight Moves Forward

By Geoffrey Surtees1477677470564

As explained in more detail here , the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently, but only preliminarily, upheld a California law requiring faith-based, pro-life pregnancy centers to tell their clients upfront that might be able to have a free abortion elsewhere. One doesn’t have to think long and...

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