ADF attorneys were back in court yesterday defending the
pro-life pregnancy centers in the Baltimore area.
Current city and Montgomery County laws require the pro-life
pregnancy centers, or "deceptive" crisis pregnancy centers, to post
signs declaring that they do not offer birth control or abortions
(see earlier story). But Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Bowman
says those notices are hurting businesses that offer real help to
"They shouldn't be targeted
by the government to be forced to speak a message that's been
supported by allies of the abortion industry," he contends. "The
governments here have forced pro-life centers to post negative
messages about their services, when all they're doing is offering
real choices and hope to women."
ADF attorneys are taking their arguments before the Fourth U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals.
"The government should not be able to tell pro-life speakers
that they have to post messages that try to frighten women away and
tell women that they should go somewhere else," Bowman asserts.
"That violates the First Amendment of our Constitution in our
protection against political allies of the abortion industry
forcing pro-life people to say things that harm their mission."
The laws are written in such a fashion that pro-abortion workers
-- not necessarily medical professionals -- can counsel women
without having to post signs alerting prospective patients of that
fact. Bowman concludes the laws pose an unconstitutional double
A decision will come in a few weeks.