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.)

Comments (5)
  1. willie says:

    You cannot legislate morality. When will you lunatics learn. You christan club 700 zealots need to accept it’s a woman’s body & let the men who rule on these matters & can’t give birth to STFU.

    1. Kitty says:

      Right on! I say do away with all laws that have to do with morals. We should be able to kill who we want and steal whatever we want. No one should have the right to tell us we have to be moral!! I should be able to have sex whenever I want and with whoever I want and get rid of a stupid baby if it gets in the way. Man, if these stupid christians would just all die, the world would be so much better. —NOT!

  2. JQP says:

    Let me preface this by saying I am personally, against abortion. However, what kind of exemplary standard do we set when our intention is to deliberately deceive and prey upon the vulnerabilities of those who are already in a state of anxiety and suffering? I think it makes us look like our philosophy, our faith, can’t hold it’s own without trickery and intimidation. That is not how I want my faith…my God to be presented.

    If you have nothing to hide, then you have no reason to argue the point. It is not about free speech, it is about truth in advertising. They are not preaching and being refused the right to say certain things. They can say anything they like. But their intention is to provide a service and they are advertising that service, therefore they need to be clear about the the service they a providing. My husband is an electrician and he is required by law to be clear about what he does and does not provide in fence to the specific job to be performed. This is no different.

    1. typo says:

      *reference, not “fence”… sorry

  3. Joshua Campbell says:

    Hah, Italy protesters rally against Berlusconi

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