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The Supreme Court's headline-grabbing ruling to uphold U.S President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of several Muslim-majority countries in the face of overwhelming evidence that it was motivated by religious prejudice has overshadowed another Supreme Court decision that also deserves attention – especially now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the bench. Kennedy is often the pivotal vote on a nine-member court that already is fundamentally hostile to the abortion rights guaranteed in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade.Kennedy ruled with the majority in the court's 5-4 Tuesday decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, agreeing that Christian-based pregnancy centers do not have to notify clients of the availability of state-funded abortions – a decision hailed as a victory by anti-abortion activists. However, the NIFLA case was argued on the basis of free speech, and Kennedy has been instrumental in protecting abortion and gay rights in his three decades on the bench.
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