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Federal court strikes down Baltimore rule restricting pregnancy-resource centers

January 31, 2011

A federal court in Maryland has struck down a law that would have required pregnancy-resource centers to post signs advertising their opposition to abortion.

The court ruled that the requirements proposed by the City of Baltimore, which would have imposed special rules on pro-life facilities, constituted illegal “viewpoint discrimination.” The Baltimore archdiocese had challenged the regulation, contending that it was an illegal restriction of the pregnancy-resource centers’ freedom of expression. The court agreed: "The government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a 'pro-life' pregnancy-related service center to post a sign as would be required by the ordinance."

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  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Feb. 01, 2011 10:41 PM ET USA

    Pray we get some of that common sense here in Washington State. There's a hearing tomorrow morning on the same kind of legislation: Senate Bill 5274.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jan. 31, 2011 8:32 PM ET USA

    Finally, some common sense!