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The Point: Leave the Pregnancy Care Centers Alone

01/17/18

John Stonestreet

Is this a sign of good things to come? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

I told you back in November about an important case headed to the Supreme Court: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

At issue is the constitutionality of the California law forcing pro-life pregnancy care centers to advertise nearby abortion services. Federal judges in Maryland and elsewhere have struck down similar laws, and now that Maryland case—actually a Baltimore City ordinance—is back in the news.

A federal appeals court has rejected the city’s appeal to uphold that ordinance that would force pregnancy centers to refer for abortions and post government messages about abortion.

When will pro-abortion legislators learn? Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at Becket Legal, said the decision “confirms that government has no place mandating speech—especially speech associated with deeply-held religious beliefs.”

But don’t think yet another loss will deter pro-abortion forces from tying up pregnancy centers in court. Let’s pray the Supreme Court puts an end to this unconstitutional nonsense.

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