A San Francisco ordinance forcing pregnancy care centers to post
signs that they don't do abortions or provide birth control faces
more court action.
The federal court has issued a preliminary ruling in the case,
which means that First Resort -- the pregnancy care
center chain that is suing to kill the law -- is able to file
amended claims as both sides prepare to square off in court. Paul
Sluis, First Resort attorney and board member, says the case has
not yet been won by San Francisco, but so far, the city has not
attempted to enforce the law.
"Interestingly enough, there's been no attempt by San Francisco
to enforce this law against First Resort, and part of that is due
to an understanding that was reached between attorneys," he
"I'd like to think that part of it is that they know they don't
have a case, but that may be my presumption."
So far in the legal battle, the biggest problem has not been the
city of San Francisco or the court.
"We're finding some headwinds because of the bad publicity
generated," Sluis tells OneNewsNow. "A lot of false innuendos
and just plain untrue accusations against us made big waves in the
local media, and we're having to fight that off."
The truth is First Resort has fully licensed pro-life clinics
that follow the highest standards. Contrary to media reports, Sluis
asserts they "don't badger, bully or misrepresent anything to
anybody." In addition, their services are free.
The next appearance in court will be November 8.