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SCOTUS strikes down CA law requiring pregnancy centers to give out abortion information

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Supporters of women's rights protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issues a ruling on a California law related to abortion issues on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. A Calfornia law requiring "pregnancy crisis centers" to inform women of abortion options was ruled as a likely violation of first amendment rights by the court.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Supporters of women's rights protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issues a ruling on a California law related to abortion issues on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Supreme Court says a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion probably violates the Constitution.

The Supreme Court says a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion probably violates the Constitution.

The 5-4 ruling Tuesday also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois.

The California law took effect in 2016. It requires centers that are licensed by the state to tell clients about the availability of contraception, abortion and prenatal care, at little or no cost. Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. The court struck down that portion of the law.

The centers said they were singled out and forced to deliver a message with which they disagreed. California said the law was needed to let poor women know all their options.

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Chris Geidner, DC-based Supreme Court correspondent and legal editor at BuzzFeed News who’s been following the decision; he tweets

Brad Dacus, president and founder of Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in religious issues headquartered in Sacramento, California

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