In July, the terrible California law (AB775) that forces crisis pregnancy centers to refer customers to abortion clinics, went into effect. A three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Bowman issued this statement:
It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients.
My fellow Resurgent writer, Josh Hammer, who is also an attorney, commented “This decision is absurdly wrong, on the merits. If the 9th Circuit reviews en banc, I think it could be overturned. The 9th is famously left-wing, but I really think the decision is that bad.”
Thomas Glessner, president of National Institute for Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), added in a statement, “There are pending legal options to pursue, and we are discussing with our attorneys our most effective options. This battle is far from over.”
The pro-aborts stop at nothing to silence the only places women with unexpected pregnancies can go and have someone hold their hands and give them support. Even Google won’t allow crisis pregnancy centers to advertise, and filters search results. In liberal states like Massachusetts and California, only abortion providers have their First Amendment rights protected. Let’s hope this miscarriage of justice is overturned quickly.