The U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled against a California law that required pro-life clinics to offer abortion information to patients seeking assistance stating it was content based regulation of speech. Nebraska Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmidt-Albin agrees with the high court’s decision.
Schmidt-Albin says, “This directly hits at they were directly targeting these pro-life convictions and this is what pro-life pregnancy centers do. They assist women and young girls through unplanned pregnancies and so obviously this was in direct contrast in what they were trying to do and rightly the Supreme Court said you have gone too far here.” She says pro-life centers have trained counselors available that help women work through situations whether they are in college to having legal and medical problems.
How this ruling will impact Nebraska is not yet known. Schmidt-Albin is not sure if Nebraska has as strict oversight of pregnancy centers as they do in California. They have 150 centers and in Nebraska there are maybe 25. California also has licensed and unlicensed centers. She says looking ahead, we have seen the power of what one election can do. Schmidt-Albin says, “We now have five justices that are rightly coming down on the side of pro-life free speech and that can only assist us further as we pursue state legislation.”
Schmidt-Albin is in Kansas City attending the national Right to Life annual convention.