California Abortion Notice Law Heads to the Supreme Court

California’s power to enforce its abortion services notice law (AB-775 Reproductive FACT Act), a law which essentially forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion, will now be in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States, which decided to hear the appeal challenging that law, according to Alliance Defending Freedom.

United States Law Week in an article by Matthew Loughran, stated, “The California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (FACT Act) was passed by the Legislature to address the rise of ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ which the Legislature characterized as unlicensed and licensed clinics that intentionally seek to ‘discourage or prevent women from seeking abortions.’ Under the law, all licensed pregnancy centers must provide notice of public health programs providing low-cost or free access to family planning services, including contraception, prenatal care, and abortion.”

A group of religiously affiliated pregnancy centers represented by the National Institute for Family & Life Advocates (NIFLA) have challenged the law in each of the four federal district courts in California.  Each California court has refused to stop the state from enforcing the law. The Supreme Court of the United States has limited the appeal to the question of whether the law violates the clinics’ First Amendment free speech protections. 

The case is Nat’l Inst. of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra, U.S., No. 16-1140, review granted 11/13/17. Free speech and abortion rights intersect in this case, while the women and children whom abortion so profoundly affects remain largely voiceless.  Women deserve the right to know alternatives to abortion, and children need the protection of their mothers, their families, and their nationRoe’s Effect on Family Law, has been profoundly disturbing.  California’s FACT Act will be equally harmful if allowed to stand under the U.S. Constitution. 


Law Students & Co-authors Turn Family Law Attorneys

This weekend Regent Law has hosted the Annual Regent Law Alumni Board Meeting, where we were joined by two now family law attorneys who were my former students and co-authors – Rachel K. Toberty with Kirk and Toberty in Irvine, CA; and Elizabeth Oklevitch with the Snavely Law Firm in Bath, NY. 

Rachel K. Toberty, co-author of A Fifty-State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation, 25 REGENT U.L. REV. 25 (2012), and Elizabeth Oklevitch, co-author of Federalism or Extreme Makeover of State Domestic Regulations Power? Rules & Rhetoric of Windsor (and Perry), 6 ELON L. REV. 337 (2014), are still making a difference with these scholarly publications, but each agree that they make the most impact for their clients.  Rachel indicated, “It’s a true privilege to represent clients at the most challenging and confusing times of their lives.”

Family restoration is a process that can be fostered by Christian family law attorneys even in the most trying family crisis.


Why is an AI Woman Granted Rights Human Women Don’t Enjoy?

Saudi Arabia has just granted citizenship to the first robot – and she is a woman named Sophia.  This is a serious moment for the intersection of humanity and artificial intelligence.  In her debut appearance, Sophia was not wearing a head scarf, and was not accompanied by a male guardian, as required of all human Saudi women.  In fact, last month in an historic election Saudi women got the right to drive for the first time ever, but there are still many things they cannot do.  Why this prejudice against human women in favor or an artificial one?

At a recent Women's Apologetics conference sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Institute, Amy Orr-Ewing of the OCCA Oxford, discussed "Is Christianity Bad News for Women?"  There she pointed out that women's rights have from their inception been profoundly religious.  Christianity has not always protected women, but liberty for women began when revolutionized by Jesus Christ.  A Christian Perspective on Gender Equality, 15 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 339 (2008) reveals this truth, and details how Christianity has had a profound effect on American law in favor of women toward gender fairness.

If this is true, why are women still suffering from various forms of gender discrimination, sexual violence, and other forms of gender contempt, while a woman of artificial intelligence apparently has more rights than human women?  For a most interesting interdisciplinary perspective see Lynne Marie Kohm, Diane J. Chandler, and Doris Gomez, Christianity, Feminism, and the Paradox of Female Happiness, 17 Trinity L. Rev. 191 (2011). Gender equality flows from a society that honors and values women, as created and living in the image of God. 

Family restoration must be based on value of women and men alike – in all nations – as human beings created not artificially, but transcendently in the image of God Himself.


Can a Lawyer Offer Hope for a Troubled Marriage?

Understanding and Encouraging Realistic Reconciliation in an Age of Divorce reveals the possibilities which can work to restore a marriage – the basics of family restoration.