Anthony Kennedy Departs on Free Speech Note
The Supreme Court ruled against a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to offer abortion advice. The centers are mostly run by religious organizations and they claimed the requirement was a violation of their right to free speech. Anthony Kennedy thought so too.
A pregnant lady, a nun and a supreme court justice walk into a bar…
Here’s The Atlantic:
The California legislature had noted that the fact Act was part of its legacy of “forward thinking,” Kennedy wrote. He strongly disagreed:
It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791; to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders then knew it; to confirm that history since then shows how relentless authoritarian regimes are in their attempts to stifle free speech; and to carry those lessons onward as we seek to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech for the generations to come.