Judge Denies Injunction Against Law Ordering Pregnancy Centers to Provide Info on Abortion Programs

Photo Credit: Jess Lis
Photo Credit: Jess Lis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge in California has become the fourth to deny an injunction against a state law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information on government abortion programs.

“The act does not ban speech or otherwise prohibit plaintiffs from discussing their message with patients,” wrote San Diego Judge John Houston. “Instead, the act requires medical providers to advise their patients of various types of treatment available so patients are fully informed when making decisions regarding their pregnancies.”

“The state clearly has a legitimate interest in ensuring pregnant women are fully advised of their rights and treatment options when making reproductive health care decisions and the required disclosure is undeniably related to that interest,” he said.

As previously reported, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Reproductive FACT Act into law in October, a measure that has been dubbed the “bully bill” by pro-life groups in the state. The bill had been authored by Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who outlined in the law that he takes issue with pregnancy centers that don’t provide abortion referrals to women.

“The author contends that, unfortunately, there are nearly 200 licensed and unlicensed clinics known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in California whose goal is to interfere with women’s ability to be fully informed and exercise their reproductive rights, and that CPCs pose as full-service women’s health clinics, but aim to discourage and prevent women from seeking abortions,” it reads.

The legislation therefore requires that licensed pregnancy care centers provide the following message to clients in print: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (telephone number).”

Violators will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each infringement afterward.

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Two other judges have likewise rejected requests for an injunction, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rachele Huennekens, press secretary for Attorney General Harris, told Courthouse News that Harris is pleased that Houston denied the injunction.

“We are pleased that the courts have thus far upheld the California Reproductive FACT Act and its important goals of protecting women’s health and providing women with time-sensitive information about medical services available to them,” she said. “Attorney General Harris will continue to defend the law through each phase of litigation.”

But Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center Directory Carolyn Koole said that pregnancy centers should not be forced to tell women where they can get an abortion, especially since the purpose of their existence is to save lives.

“We want to be assured that our referral services offer the same life-affirming love, care, compassion, respect, time and education that we do, allowing our clients to make their own uninfluenced, unpressured, but informed choices,” she told reporters. “There are no silent referrals … We know that we are not only referring the mother, but we are also referring a preborn child.”

The law officially went into effect on Jan. 1.


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  • acontraryview

    “But Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center Directory Carolyn Koole said that pregnancy centers should not be forced to tell women where they can get an abortion”

    They aren’t.

  • Neil Bragg

    Those who approve of killing inconvenient humans are no different from the Nazis and their habit of determining that there was such a thing as “life not worthy of life.” Some of these pro-abortion people will reap what they sow when they are euthanized like livestock.

    • acontraryview

      Godwin’s Law.

      • Nidalap

        You mean good ol’ Mike Godwin? He’s a card, isn’t he? You’re going to have to show how comparing the two “life not worthy of life” stances doesn’t apply to make the “Law” work! 🙂

        • acontraryview

          Actually, all I have so show is that legal abortion is a choice afforded to women without any coercion of the state, is not the same as a government body that pursued a program of ethnic cleansing and genocide based upon a believe in the creation of a master race.

          The phrase “life unworthy of life” (in German: “Lebensunwertes Leben”) was a Nazi designation for the segments of the populace which, according to the Nazi regime of the time, had no right to live. Those individuals were targeted to be euthanized. The term included people with serious medical problems and those considered grossly inferior according to the racial policy of Nazi Germany.

          And, there ya go.

          • Nidalap

            Serious medical problems…say, would Downs Syndrome babies have qualified? Wait a sec…isn’t that the kind of baby mothers are “encouraged” to abort today? Wierd, huh? 🙂

          • acontraryview

            “Wait a sec…isn’t that the kind of baby mothers are “encouraged” to abort today?”

            Not that I’m aware of. Do you have any backup for your claim that women are “encouraged” to abort babies with Downs Syndrome?

            Oh, by the way, the Nazis applied it to those already born.

          • Josey

            research it, I’ve heard many stories of women who were given the option of aborting their babies when the doctor thought it might have this disability or that one.

          • acontraryview

            I don’t do research for other people’s claims.

          • Nidalap

            American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005) 192, 670–7

            {…A survey of 499 primary care physicians

            revealed that 63% reported that they ‘‘tried to be as

            unbiased as possible when delivering a prenatal diagnosis.’’3Thirteen

            percent reported that they ‘‘emphasize’’ the negative aspects of DS so that parents would favor

            a termination, 10% actively ‘‘urge’’ parents to terminate,

            and 10% indicated that they ‘‘emphasize’’ the positive

            aspects of DS so that parents favor continuation, and 4%

            actively ‘‘urge’’ parents to continue the pregnancy.

            A study of 10 women who chose to continue the

            pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of DS reported that

            they ‘‘were not supported in arriving at their own fully

            informed decision because the providers were overtly or

            covertly advocating from their own point of view.’’4}

            “Oh, by the way, the Nazis applied it to those already born.”
            That’s all the current technology would allow, at the time. I think we can assume from their, ah, ENTHUSIASM that , had technology allowed, they would have followed suit with the unborn…

          • acontraryview

            Ahhh….so you are suggesting that a small percentage of doctors urging women to consider abortion in the case of a pregnancy involving a Down’s Syndrome child, while still leaving the option to do so up to the mother is equivalent to a mandated government directive (had the technology existed at the time) that forced such mothers to have an abortion, correct?

      • jjgrndisland

        Kneejerk Leftie

        • acontraryview

          How so?

  • Nidalap

    Is the local Planned Parenthood center required to provide info on pregnancy centers as well? If not, having the mothers be “fully informed” isn’t the true goal, now is it?

    • acontraryview

      The Pregnancy Centers aren’t required to provide information regarding Planned Parenthood.

      • Nidalap

        Now, now, Mary, Mary QUITE contrary! They ARE the standard in abortion providers! 🙂

        • acontraryview

          What standard? According to who? Regardless, how does that change the fact that the Pregnancy Centers are not required to provide information regarding Planned Parenthood? Do you see any reference to Planned Parenthood in the written notice that the Pregnancy Center are required to provide to clients? it’s a simple yes or no answer – even a member of Charlemagne’s court would be able to answer it.

          • Josey

            The legislation therefore requires that licensed pregnancy care centers provide the following message to clients in print: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (telephone number).”
            Violators will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each infringement afterward.

            What about that don’t you get?

          • Josey

            Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

        • afchief

          PP is a “child butcher mill”. It serves no other purpose.

          • Nidalap

            Preaching to the choir, Chief! 🙂

          • afchief

            Oh I know. You are conversing with liars who know no truth.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Setting aside the inflammatory language, Planned Parenthood serves MANY purposes beyond abortion. Many Planned Parenthood centers don’t offer abortions at all.

          • afchief

            That is a lie!!!

          • Jarle Tveitan

            Srsly achief, look up the dunning-kruger effect. It describes exactly what you are experiencing.

          • afchief

            I’ll repeat it……that is a lie!!!

    • gizmo23

      Isn’t the pro life side always contending that women need to be fully informed?

      • Nidalap

        Sure, Mogwai! That’s why they keep trying to show images of what abortion really looks like. And THAT’S why the pro-abort side is constantly trying to shut them down! 🙂

  • Josey

    women don’t need to be told about the option to abort, they already know they have that option, this is about forcing another into their sin by a flashing light pointing the way to it. The devils get a thrill out of that.