Forcing pro-life clinics to promote abortion?

Friday, November 20, 2015
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gavel with Lady of JusticeA Christian attorney in California is hoping court precedent will help halt a new law he believes unfairly regulates pro-life pregnancy centers.

Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus has filed suit in federal court to block implementation of the law, which is set to go into effect January 1. That law, he explains, in a very real sense forces pregnancy centers to promote abortion.

"[AB 775] mandates them to have a large sign or a handout stating clearly where women can get an abortion at low cost or for free," he laments. "This is clear government-compelled speech on a private religious institution – and if they get away with this, it will open up a hornets' nest with regards to violations of other free speech."

The attorney argues that the law is blatantly unfair.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"This law has no mandates at all requiring abortion clinics to say where women can save their baby and have adoptions," Dacus states. "No – this is a one-way, unilateral effort by a very radical state government to force pro-life clinics to become the advertising agent for pro-abortion institutions like Planned Parenthood."

On behalf of three California pregnancy centers, PJI is asking for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the law. He's hopeful federal court decisions in San Antonio, Baltimore, and New York City that ruled those laws unconstitutional will sway the California courts.


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