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Pregnancy-help centers challenge constitutionality of New York ordinance

Catholic World News - March 25, 2011

A New York city ordinance imposing new restrictions on pregnancy-help centers faces a constitutional challenge.

Expectant Mother Care (EMC), a chain of 12 pregnancy-help centers, has filed suit, arguing that the new ordinance—which requires the centers to advertise that they do not provide abortion referrals—constitutes a restraint on free speech.

“We have no choice but to vigorously defend our freedom to tell our story to the mothers of New York about the alternatives to abortions available through our own designed advertising, signage, and face to face life saving messages. Not with compelled speech ordered by the NYC government,” said Chris Slattery, the president of EMC.

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