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Maryland court hears arguments on law restricting crisis-pregnancy centers

August 05, 2010

A federal court in Maryland heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by the Baltimore archdiocese to challenge a new law requiring crisis-pregnancy centers to advertise their unwillingness to provide abortion referrals. The law was passed earlier this year at the prompting of abortion advocates, who said that women are misled by centers that advertise help with problem pregnancies but do not perform abortions or abortion referrals. The archdiocese says that the law is a restraint on free speech, since it restricts what the centers can and cannot say—and requires them to make statements about services they do not offer.


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  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2010 7:07 PM ET USA

    I'm from Canada but like to keep up to date with what your various levels of government are up to - in this case, though, it seems to me that if you advertise as a 'pregnancy center' it should be presupposed that you have the best interest of the 'pregnancy' at heart, much the same way if you advertise, as someone has suggested, as a podiatriast, you have the best interest of feet at heart. Abortion centers are abortion centers, and are not pregnancy centres. Angela

  • Posted by: scullyjr9118 - Aug. 05, 2010 3:42 PM ET USA

    Months ago, I wrote an email to the Archbishop of Baltimore asking that he place the required signs in every building owned by the archdiocese, and have priests ask every Catholic business owner to do the same. Who wouldn't be proud to do that? Turn the tables on the murders!! Sadly, I never got a response, and never heard of it happenning. Either he never got it (secretary email screening) or he wasn't bold enough to take the fight to the streets. Enough signs would point out the death mills.

  • Posted by: pschloss4164 - Aug. 05, 2010 3:36 PM ET USA

    Shouldn't PP have to do the same - tell people that no one will leave their property with a baby in their arms?