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How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment

WASHINGTON — On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm.

  • Adam Liptak
  • The New York Times

The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow.

The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion.

Fresp 1aConservatives, said Justice Kagan, who is part of the court’s four-member liberal wing, were “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

The two decisions…

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