Calif. pregnancy centers urge court to invalidate abortion-promoting law

An alliance of California pregnancy centers urged a federal court of appeals to invalidate a state law that forces them to promote abortion, but the judge turned down their request to issue a preliminary injunction.

Matt Bowman, a senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), gave arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in favor of stopping the law, AB 775, which compels pro-life pregnancy centers to encourage abortion.

Bowman stressed it was unjust and dangerous as the government was telling pregnancy centers that hey couldn’t encourage abortion, but the state law was forcing them to do the opposite.

Arguing in the court, he said, “In this case, political allies of the abortion industry are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real help and hope to women. Forcing them to promote abortion and recite the government’s messages is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms.”

Bowman also pointed out that many other courts around the nation have already halted those kinds of measures because they found those measures unconstitutional.

The controversial law requires licensed medical centers in the state to post a disclosure informing pregnant women that the state provides free or very low-cost abortion and contraception services. It must also provide a phone number for these services. Maryland, Texas and New York courts have already invalidated similar laws.