Archive for the ‘Free Speech’ Category

When is a free speech zone not a free speech zone?

When someone speaks out against abortion. See this National Catholic Register article about two pro-life activists, Thrin and Joan Short, who were harassed by a faculty member at University of California–Santa Barbara.

4th Circuit rules on compelled speech cases involving crisis pregnancy centers

Here is a link to a National Right to Life News story on the 4th Cicuit’s recent (July 3, 2013) decision in two 1st Amendment cases involving crisis pregnancy centers. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2013/07/4th-circuit-returns-dispute-over-attack-on-cpcs-to-u-s-district-court/ Here is a link to a Washington Post story. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-03/local/40346031_1_appeals-court-greater-baltimore-center-judge-robert-king Both cases involve local ordinances that require that pregnancy centers make certain disclosures. The 4th Circuit […]

Supreme Court agrees to hear important First Amendment case involving pro-life speech

The Supreme Court agreed to hear McCullen v. Coakley–an important First Amenedment case involving the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law providing for a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics. http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/06/details-on-abortion-protest-grant/ Mark Rienzi, from Catholic University, is the counsel of record. Richard M.

important 4th Circuit argument today

The full United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will be hearing oral argument today in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County. The suit, filed by a crisis pregnancy center, challenges a Montgomery County law that forces such centers to notify women that the centers do not have a medical professional on staff and encouraging […]

4th Circuit will rehear important crisis pregnancy center/free speech cases

Back in June, I reported on two important decisions from the Fourth Circuit. http://www.uffl.org/blog/2012/06/28/important-decisions-from-the-4th-circuit-in-crisis-pregnancy-center-cases/   Those cases involved laws that require crisis pregnancy centers to post notices stating that the centers don’t have medical professionals on staff and encouraging women to consult with a licensed health care provider. In June, a panel of the Fourth Circuit held that these compelled speech laws […]

article by Gaylord and Molony on “A Woman’s Right to Know”

I just saw this new article by Scott Gaylord and Thomas Molony. The article is entitled “Casey and A Woman’s Right to Know: Ultrasounds, Informed Consent, and the First Amendment.”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2017041 The authors conclude “that the  goverment has broad authority to mandate disclosures designed to inform a woman’s decision about an abortion.” The article contains a very useful […]