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Free Speech and Association

July 09, 2020

Georgia midwives won’t be fined anymore for calling themselves midwives

Late last year, Debbie Pulley sued the Georgia Board of Nursing after it ordered her to stop describing herself as a Certified Professional Midwife. This week, her challenge came to a successful end after the board agreed to end its speech ban and stop punishing Georgia midwives like Debbie, who accurately describe themselves and their ...

July 07, 2020

How a busking musician in Houston has adapted to COVID-19 shutdowns

Strength, ingenuity, and adaptability are the lifeblood of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2020, those qualities have become more essential than ever. Pacific Legal Foundation represents clients from across the country and from every corner of society. But entrepreneurs make up a large portion of PLF's clients because they are very ofte ...

June 15, 2020

The Hill: The First Amendment protects attorneys from compelled speech

Imagine being forced, as the price of doing business, to pay for a trade association's speech on gun control, immigration, abortion, affirmative action, and many other hot-button political issues. That's the situation attorneys in many states face just to do their jobs. Whether or not they agree with the bar association's political and ideological ...

June 08, 2020

Our freedom of speech doesn’t depend on what you’re speaking about

The right to protest government is one of the oldest and most revered American traditions. From the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights movement to the modern-day Tea Party and Black Lives Matter movements, Americans of all political beliefs and backgrounds have always turned out to protest for justice and liberty. As the Supreme ...

May 30, 2020

The Daily Caller: The First Amendment will be the only casualty in Trump’s war with Twitter

In the ongoing war between President Trump and social media, the casualty may be social media as we know it. President Trump erupted with rage when Twitter posted a fact check of two of his tweets on mail-in voting. In a series of tweets, President Trump revived long-simmering accusations that social media platforms display anti-conservative ...

April 10, 2020

Are quarantine orders constitutional?

The question on many minds during our time of quarantine: How far can state government officials go in curtailing constitutional rights like the freedom of association, free exercise of religion, and right to travel among and between the states, in service to public safety by reducing the spread of the coronavirus? The courts have been ...

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