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Prayer Alert - SCOTUS to Weigh Law Forcing Pro-Life Centers to Promote Abortion

March 16, 2018

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

Dear Praying Friends,

I am writing to request your special prayer over the next four days! Some may wish to fast.

Next Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in NIFLA v. Becerra. The case will have implications for pro-life pregnancy care centers across America.

The justices have been asked to decide the constitutionality of a 2015 California law, ordering pro-life pregnancy care centers to:

“[D]isseminate to clients on site and in any print and digital advertising materials including Internet Web sites, the following notice in English and in the primary threshold languages for Medi-Cal beneficiaries as determined by the State Department of Health Care Services for the county in which the facility is located [up to 13 different languages] …

(1) The notice shall state: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.” (2) The onsite notice shall be a sign at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches and written in no less than 48-point type, and shall be posted conspicuously in the entrance of the facility and at least one additional area where clients wait to receive services. (3) The notice in the advertising material shall be clear and conspicuous. “Clear and conspicuous” means in larger point type than the surrounding text, or in contrasting type, font, or color to the surrounding text of the same size, or set off from the surrounding text of the same size by symbols or other marks that call attention to the language. 123473. (a) Covered facilities that fail to comply with the requirements of this article are liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense…

(1) The notice shall state: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].” (2) The information shall be disclosed in one of the following ways: (A) A public notice posted in a conspicuous place where individuals wait that may be easily read by those seeking services from the facility. The notice shall be at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches and written in no less than 22-point type. (B) A printed notice distributed to all clients in no less than 14-point type… (See the entire law)

NIFLA will argue the case based on the Free Speech provision of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but the case also has implications for religious liberty. (Read LifeSiteNews Overview; Hear attorney Thomas Glessner, President of NIFLA and attorney Michael Farris discuss the case; Consider Attending Rally on Tuesday)

  • Heavenly Father, anoint Michael Farris with your Holy Spirit, power, and wisdom as he argues the case for liberty. May our Justices be pierced to the heart by the tyranny of this law. May they rule unanimously in keeping with our Constitution. Thank God for the non-profit, pro-life centers across America. Protect and bless these who serve sacrificially to help fathers, mothers, and unborn babies to survive, thrive, and come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. May victory advance the trend among the states to limit abortion and may America soon become abortion free. (Ps 5:11; 82:3; Pr 22:8-9; 24:11-12; Lk 21:15; 1 Jn 5:4; 10:10; 1 Cor 15:57)