Action Alert!
Catholic World News

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."


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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!