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Court backs Maryland crisis pregnancy center, bars enforcement of ordinance

March 11, 2014

A federal district court has barred enforcement of a Maryland county’s ordinance that compelled crisis pregnancy centers to display a sign in their waiting rooms.

Montgomery County’s ordinance required crisis pregnancy centers to state that “the Center does not have a licensed medical professional on staff” and that “the Montgomery County Health Officer encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed health care provider.”

Judge Deborah Chasnow, who was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, cited free-speech rights as she ruled that “the critical flaw for the County is the lack of any evidence that the practices of [the pregnancy care centers] are causing pregnant women to be misinformed.”

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