IL pro-lifers wait for action after NIFLA ruling

Friday, June 29, 2018
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300A law in Illinois that regulates pro-life pregnancy centers remains tied up in court following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Thomas Olp, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, says the state law is very similar to the California law that was struck down this week.

In the NIFLA v Becerra case, the court ruled 5-4 against a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to inform women where to get an abortion for free or at low cost.

Attorney Thomas Olp of the Thomas More Society says the Illinois law forces pro-life centers in that state to do the same thing.  

"Number one, it's government-compelled speech which was exactly what was found to be unconstitutional in the NIFLA case," Olp tells OneNewsNow. "Second of all, it's extremely viewpoint discriminatory meaning that it's targeting people with a conscience, objection to abortion, and to be participating in abortion."

Thomas More Society has lawsuits pending in state and federal courts, lawsuits that were put on hold pending the outcome of the California case. But that doesn't mean the Illinois law will be found unconstitutional – at least not yet.

Olp says the next step is to talk with the Illinois attorney general after the NIFLA ruling.

"We're hoping that they throw in the towel and allow the law to be permanently enjoined," he says. "But we're not certain that's going to happen."

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When you hear the term 'moderate Democrat,' what comes to mind?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel
Bloomberg : 3 women can be released on non-disclosure deals
At Trump’s India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image
Sanders condemns Russian influence in election
Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus
Wells Fargo to pay $3B to resolve probes into fake accounts
South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak
Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Bernie Sanders riled by reports Moscow has meddled in election to aid his campaign
Untraceable coronavirus clusters emerge, worrying health officials
Trump accuses 'crazy' Dems of 'disinformation,' predicts Nevada caucus problems during Vegas rally
Top Democrat says DNC Chair Perez has got to go
MSNBC contributor calls out 'racist liberal whites' who support Bernie Sanders, and the campaign just responded

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
SCOTUS confirms the right to pray

U.S. Supreme Court w/ flagJune brought plenty of big surprises from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), with a major one being the reversal of a case involving prayer.