Pro-Life Centers Fight Against California Forced Speech Law

Sep 7, 2016

Liberty Counsel has filed its opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Mountain Right to Life v. Kamala Harris that challenges California’s Assembly Bill 775, which imposes onerous notification and disclosure requirements on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

Liberty Counsel represents three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in Southern California, all of which offer women experiencing crisis pregnancies resources, counseling, advice and alternatives to abortion. All of the centers are faith-based and will not refer women for abortions. Under the California law, His Nesting Place (Long Beach), Pregnancy and Family Resource Center (San Bernardino), Birth Choice of the Desert (La Quinta), and all licensed and unlicensed pregnancy counseling centers in the state are required to post the following government-prescribed message in their facilities and in their advertising or be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each additional violation:

     California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to  
     comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of  
     contraception), prenatal care and abortion for eligible women.

Centers not licensed by the State of California must post a notice that they are not a licensed medical facility.

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