The state of California is treading on territory already ruled unconstitutional in New York by ordering pro-life and faith-based pregnancy centers to promote abortion with signs and pamphlets telling women how to get abortions.
The law, called the Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, is set to take effect January 1.
It requires the pro-life centers to post signs of specific dimensions in their waiting rooms and to hand out pamphlets that say, “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including allocating FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (insert the telephone number).”
Any center that doesn’t comply faces a $500 fine the first time, then $1,000 per incident thereafter.
The leftists pushing this law on the public justify their blatant ignoring of religious freedom by saying that the signs and pamphlets are only informational and don’t require women to take any action, therefore religious conscience is irrelevant.
By that same logic, women seeking abortions should also be required to have ultrasounds before the procedure, for informational purposes. Of course, that was tried and the Left put a stop to it real quick.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White recently ruled against plaintiffs who asked for a stay of the California law, saying, “The public interest would be served by denying the stay pending appeal and allow the development of government policies generated through legislation or regulations developed through presumptively reasoned democratic processes.”
Living Well Medical Clinic and other groups that sued stated in court documents that their mission is to recognize “human life from the moment of conception and to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies” and that the state law “is inconsistent with their religious commitments as they believe that ‘abortion is wrong and have never referred, nor would they refer, a client to have an abortion.'”
A similar law was tried in New York and ruled unconstitutional, but that didn’t stop California from attempting to violate its citizens’ religious rights. Several cases are now pending in the court system regarding the law.
“It is imperative that we stop the government from forcing people of conscience to advocate messages to which they are morally and religiously opposed. If the government can do this, none of our First Amendment freedoms are secure,” said Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, whose firm is representing several clients challenging the law.
The Left’s strategy should sound familiar. It’s the same warped logic behind suing Christian bakers for not making a cake for a gay wedding. Any act of religious conscience, particularly but not exclusively Christian conscience, must give way to the collective agenda.
As far as the Left is concerned, you and I don’t have any rights, we just have privileges that can be revoked at any time they become disruptive of groupthink.
The other factor here is that the abortion industry is flailing about for new business because fewer women are getting abortions.
The reason why should be obvious: They’ve already killed millions of their potential clients. Many of those babies the abortionists have killed since Roe v. Wade might have grown up to have abortions of their own, but since they didn’t, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the baby killing industry are probably feeling a financial pinch.
So the new law is in part just a cynical ploy to force pro-lifers to drum up more business for the abortion industry. That pushes the law from merely unconstitutional into the category of downright evil.