Pro-life supporters have been struck with yet another blow in the ongoing fight to save lives.
This time the blow was struck by the most liberal appellate court in the United States.
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a law requiring pro-life pregnancy groups to promote abortion,” The Daily Caller reported.
The California state law required pregnancy centers, even those with religious affiliation and pro-life missions, to provide patients with information about where they can seek out an abortion. The law requires centers to post, distribute and email patients with abortion options. Several pro-life groups had challenged the law arguing that it is unconstitutional to require them to promote messages that violate their religious freedom under the law.
“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 of the Alliance Defending Freedom group. Bowman argued that the law punishes pro-life pregnancy centers as they try to offer hope and options to women. Bowman’s group is defending some of the approximately 150 pregnancy nonprofits who are expected to be directly affected by the law.
In the Appeals Court opinion, Judge Dorothy W. Nelson asserted that the state has the responsibility to make sure that women are fully aware of “constitutionally protected medical services like abortion.”
Even if that is accurate, it seems a violation of the rights of these private organizations to require them to provide that information to patients who seek them out.