Supreme Court Arguments in an Important Case dealing with Abortion and Free Speech

The US Supreme court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday March 20, 2018 in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The case involves the constitutionality of a California law that requires pregnancy care centers to “advertise” the availability of free or low-cost abortions. Here is a link to a good essay by Andrew T. Walker discussing the case. Here is his concluding paragraph:

“In upholding the value, dignity, and rights of unborn children, pregnancy care centers do no harm. On the contrary, they are a bulwark against a culture that sees the unborn child as disposable. Pregnancy care centers do not restrict the ability of women to seek out abortion; they simply provide a pro-life alternative for those who freely enter their doorways. They should never be coerced into betraying their mission by taking part in the abortion culture’s brazen assault on unborn life.”

Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.