Just when you thought we were winning the battle against abortion, government intervened and screwed it up again. If you thought when the government came down on the Little Sisters of the Poor with Obamacare and required them by law to pay for contraceptions against their will was bad, wait until you read this. This is liberalism at it’s finest.
(CNSNews.com) – Pro-life pregnancy centers in California must choose between providing abortion information or paying fines.
In a story from CNSNews:
They face that dilemma after California judges denied multiple requests for preliminary injunctions against a law that went into effect January 1, mandating that all licensed pregnancy centers “disseminate to clients” a message promoting public programs with “free or low-cost access” to abortion and contraceptive services.
Pregnancy centers that fail to disseminate this message “are liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense.”
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and the Pacific Justice Institute both filed lawsuits on behalf of six pregnancy centers following Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the law in October.
Arguing that the law violates their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, the clinics sought preliminary and permanent injunctions against the law. The requests for preliminary injunctions were denied in the past couple of weeks.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento ruled:
“Though the public interest favors upholding the First Amendment, the public interest also favors ensuring California women are fully informed as to their reproductive healthcare options,” Mueller argued. She also ruled the centers’ free speech claim was not likely to succeed in court.
“Judge Mueller determined that the interests of the clinics in refusing to promote abortion were outweighed by the interests of the State to ensure women receive information about all their options,” the Pacific Justice Institute said in a statement.
“This ruling should alarm everyone who believes in a robust First Amendment,” said institute president Brad Dacus. “The notion that the government can compel religious non-profits to promote practices antithetical to their values is chilling.”
Read more here.
Talk about liberalism at it’s finest. Can you believe that reproductive healthcare overruled the First Amendment? Well, considering that Obamacare is still in place and Obama is still president, that sounds about right doesn’t it? In fact, I bet you thought since the government has invested BILLIONS of our tax dollars to create exchanges to make it easier for so many to get insurance and contraceptive coverage….that, that should be that. Nope. Guess what? The government wants more control over what information is put out and if they can’t get that, well,…..they’ll just put a silly little fine on businesses for not doing it. Sounds like they are picking winners and losers again.
In a line from “The Godfather”: Just when you think you’re out…..they pull you back in.
I don’t know about you, but I’m counting it down until January 20, 2017. Thank goodness Ted Cruz is leading the latest polls in California.
Written by Nancy Hayes
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