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Court to hear abortion info case.

WASHINGTON * The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

The case, accepted Nov. 13, will consider if a California law known as the Reproductive FACT Act that went into effect in 2016 violates the Constitution by requiring the state's 200 crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients, in specific detail, about the availability of free or low-cost abortion and contraceptive services and provide a referral number for them.

Three pregnancy centers challenged the law in court, saying it infringed on their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion. The law was upheld in federal appeals court in October 2016, but last October, a California Superior Court placed a permanent injunction against the state attorney general, preventing him from enforcing it.

--CNS/Courtesy of St. Luke Productions

Andrae Goodnight speaks to students Oct. 26 at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Ore. Goodnight portrays Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent, in "Tolton: From Slave to Priest," a stage performance by St. Luke Productions that is now touring the United States. Born into slavery, Tolton fled with his mother and siblings through the woods of northern Missouri and across the Mississippi River when he was only 9 years old, settling in Illinois. Although he felt called to the priesthood, no seminary in the United States would accept him because of his race. He studied in Rome and, after ordination, was sent back to his hometown to be a missionary to his community, again facing rampant racism. He was ultimately invited to Chicago to minister to the black Catholic community there. The Chicago Archdiocese opened Tolton's cause for sainthood in 2011. To see the play's tour schedule, visit

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Title Annotation:UNITED STATES; Supreme Court
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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