The state of California is treading on territory already ruled unconstitutional in New York by ordering pro-life and faith-based pregnancy centers to promote abortion with signs and pamphlets telling women how to get abortions.
The law, called the Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, is set to take effect January 1.
It requires the pro-life centers to post signs of specific dimensions in their waiting rooms and to hand out pamphlets that say, “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including allocating FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (insert the telephone number).”
Any center that doesn’t comply faces a $500 fine the first time, then $1,000 per incident thereafter.
The leftists pushing this law on the public justify their blatant ignoring of religious freedom by saying that the signs and pamphlets are only informational and don’t require women to take any action, therefore religious conscience is irrelevant.
By that same logic, women seeking abortions should also be required to have ultrasounds before the procedure, for informational purposes. Of course, that was tried and the Left put a stop to it real quick.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White recently ruled against plaintiffs who asked for a stay of the California law, saying, “The public interest would be served by denying the stay pending appeal and allow the development of government policies generated through legislation or regulations developed through presumptively reasoned democratic processes.”