Attorneys for some pro-life pregnancy centers in California are mulling over options to keep the state from violating their constitutional rights.
The government of California passed a law (AB775) requiring faith-based pro-life centers to post signs telling potential clients where they obtain an abortion at low cost or possibly for free. In contrast, abortion clinics aren't required by the law to post notices of any kind.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute filed suit asking for a temporary injunction blocking implementation of the law.
"U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller agreed with us that the law raised 'serious questions' about the potential First Amendment right to violations and would also cause irreparable harm to our clients," Dacus tells OneNewsNow. "Nonetheless, she denied our request for an injunction."
According to PJI, Mueller determined that the interests of the clinics in refusing to promote abortion were outweighed by the interests of the state to ensure women receive information about all their options.
Dacus describes as "chilling" the notion that the government can compel religious non-profits to promote practices antithetical to their values.
"This logic makes about as much sense as requiring Alcoholics Anonymous to have to post a large sign as to where individuals can get more alcohol," he offers, "or for Playboy magazine to have to have an ad letting their readers know where they can get help for pornography addiction."
PJI is consulting with the pregnancy centers to determine whether to appeal because – as he points out – starting January 1 those centers will have to either refer women for abortions or close their doors, leaving women without the option to avoid abortions.