The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a California state law regarding abortion. The ruling stated that crisis pregnancy centers must now promote abortions as an option for patients. With many crisis pregnancy centers in existence due to religious affiliated funding, the ruling specifically infringes on the civil rights of Free Exercise of Religion and Freedom of speech, under the First Amendment.
Many crisis centers choose not to offer abortion as an alternative because of their religious affiliation. Likewise, they are also now forced into what they can and cannot say on the matter. The clinics currently do not offer abortions, even advocating against the procedure.
“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous,” said Matt Bowman, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, the public interest law group representing the pro-life groups. “In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women.”
If crisis pregnancy centers do not adhere to the new regulations, they face severe financial consequences.