The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in October that the state of California may require all licensed pregnancy care centers to disseminate information about free or low-cost access to abortion and contraceptive services.
Pregnancy care centers that fail to disseminate that message face fines of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’tsay, but a law that tells you what you mustsay—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous,” said Matt Bowman, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented several pro-life pregnancy care centers in the case.
A similar law was signed in July by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and was scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. A number of pro-life pregnancy care centers in that state have filed suit to challenge the law, stating that it violates both state law and the state constitution.