A decision on regulations lodged against New York City pregnancy
help centers could impact the rest of the nation.
Among other things, the New York ordinance requires pro-life
pregnancy centers to post and include in their advertising that
they do not offer abortions and birth control.
Attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow the
Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals paid close attention to
arguments concerning the ordinance.
"I think the court had a lot of good
questions," he says. "The judges disagreed with each other about
some of the questions but they all had read the issues, and I think
they were really confronted with the fact that to uphold this law
you would have to allow the government to force people to say
things because the government disagrees with them politically."
New York makes no requirements of abortion clinics as to signs
they have to post or their advertising. Bowman adds that if the
Second Circuit rules against the pregnancy centers, the case will
go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"So this is a decision that is going to affect millions of
people, and other courts of appeal that are hearing these cases are
going to look at whether they're going to allow political interests
of the abortion industry to use the government to force pro-life
people to say things just because they want to offer help to
women," he observes.
Bowman and Alliance Defending Freedom are hopeful the appeals
court will uphold the lower court's decision that the New York
ordinance is unconstitutional.