Pro-life centers vs. Baltimore

Friday, December 7, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

ADF attorneys were back in court yesterday defending the pro-life pregnancy centers in the Baltimore area.

Current city and Montgomery County laws require the pro-life pregnancy centers, or "deceptive" crisis pregnancy centers, to post signs declaring that they do not offer birth control or abortions (see earlier story). But Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Bowman says those notices are hurting businesses that offer real help to women.

Bowman, Matt (ADF)"They shouldn't be targeted by the government to be forced to speak a message that's been supported by allies of the abortion industry," he contends. "The governments here have forced pro-life centers to post negative messages about their services, when all they're doing is offering real choices and hope to women."

ADF attorneys are taking their arguments before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The government should not be able to tell pro-life speakers that they have to post messages that try to frighten women away and tell women that they should go somewhere else," Bowman asserts. "That violates the First Amendment of our Constitution in our protection against political allies of the abortion industry forcing pro-life people to say things that harm their mission."

The laws are written in such a fashion that pro-abortion workers -- not necessarily medical professionals -- can counsel women without having to post signs alerting prospective patients of that fact. Bowman concludes the laws pose an unconstitutional double standard.

A decision will come in a few weeks.

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