Pregnancy Disclaimer Law Ruled Unconstitutional

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a Baltimore ordinance that requires pregnancy counseling centers to post a disclaimer if they don’t provide abortions or birth control unconstitutional.

In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis said the ordinance violates the Freedom of Speech Clause of Article I of the Constitution and is unenforceable.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien was the lead plaintiff because the Catholic Church owns two pregnancy counseling centers that would be subject to the ordinance. Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, which is provided rent-free-space by the archdiocese, was also a plaintiff.

Baltimore’s ordinance took effect last year, but the city agreed not to start enforcing it while the matter was litigated.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • calico

    Would it be legal for an agency that looked like an adoption agency to sell only abortions? Of course not. Then why is it legal for a center that services pregnant women (which implies ALL options available) to not offer all options and to push women into their agenda? I am not a fan of abortion, but I hate being manipulated even more.

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  • Melissa

    Except that places that primarily promote abortion don’t put much – if anything – into promoting keeping the baby. So why is that legal? Should they then be required to state that they are primarily an abortion clinic as opposed to something like Planned Parenthood, in which the “planning” part includes a good dose of abortion-as-contraception?

    • chearts77

      Excellent point, Melissa!!

  • chearts77

    I say good for that federal judge. These are two CHURCH owned pregnancy centers (seperation of Church and State anyone). The banner say INFORMATION on all options. I’m sure they provide information on abortions detailing the emotional and physical effects on both mother and baby. And, I think it should be a given that if you are going to a church owned pregnancy center, they will NOT provide abortion services.

  • KRichardRoberts

    I’m confused — was the suit dismissed for lack of standing or was there actually a ruling?

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