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Pregnancy Center Disclaimer Cases Postponed

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Arguments have been postponed in two cases in which Maryland anti-abortion pregnancy counseling centers claim that government ordinances requiring them to post certain disclaimers infringe on their constitutional rights.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday was to hear a case involving Baltimore’s city ordinance that requires pregnancy counseling centers that don’t provide abortions or birth control to post disclaimers stating so.

Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, the Archbishop of Baltimore and a Roman Catholic church sued city officials, contending that such requirements violate the centers’ free-speech rights. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that the ordinance was unconstitutional.

The other case involves a similar ordinance in Montgomery County, Md.

The court said Tuesday that no new hearing dates have been scheduled.

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

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