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So, you want to help pregnant women and girls with the information and resources they need to bring a healthy baby into the world? Well, in California, you can do that, but only if you tell these women and girls about free or discount-rate abortions they can get through the state. And only if the pro-life pregnancy care centers also provide the name, address, and phone number to the nearest abortionist.
The most reversed federal appeals circuit Friday upheld AB 775 – a speech coercion law that has less to do with women’s health than with political cronyism – in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Bowman said:
“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.”
Of course, the law doesn’t force abortion businesses to promote the services offered by pregnancy care centers. But this has never been about making sure women have access to all their options before exercising “choice,” right?
The good news, to which Bowman alludes, is that other courts (even in the deepest of deep blue states) have struck down unconscionably unconstitutional laws like California’s AB 775. The fate of this unjust law should be the same.