Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Challenge Law Requiring Posting of Info About Govt Contraception, Abortion Programs

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HONOLULU, Hawaii — A church that operates a pro-life pregnancy center and an organization that operates a chain of pregnancy centers have filed suit to challenge a new Hawaii law that they believe wrongfully forces them to provide advertising for government abortion and contraception coverage programs against their conscience, purpose and mission.

A Place for Women Pregnancy Care Center and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates is challenging S.B. 501, which requires all “limited service” pregnancy centers to post or distribute a notice that reads in part:

“Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, including, but not limited to, all FDA-approved methods of contraception and pregnancy-related services for eligible women. To apply online for medical insurance coverage, that will cover the full range of family planning and prenatal services, go to [website].”

The notice must include the web address and phone number where women may obtain such assistance.

While the bill as passed does not specifically mention abortion, the organizations believe that the “pregnancy-related services” mentioned in the legislation include abortion and/or referrals to abortion providers since the original version of the bill used the word “abortion” in its place.

According to the Daily Signal, prior to the passage of the bill, Rep. Bob McDermott, R-Ewa Beach, also spoke out against the abortion-minded motivations of his colleagues.

“Ultimately, what was the whole point of this whole thing? Where did it come from? Why is it even before us?” he asked. “It’s before us because there’s Christian centers that offer alternatives to abortion.”

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“They don’t believe in abortion. So, a woman comes in there and they’re encouraging, they offer alternatives but they don’t do abortions. And that’s what this is about,” he lamented.

The pregnancy centers believe, therefore, that the law wrongfully “requires ‘limited service pregnancy centers’ to provide referrals for abortion and/or arrange for referrals for abortion by requiring such centers to provide contact information for the applicable state social service resource to all clients so that they may procure an abortion.”

A Place for Women Pregnancy Care Center and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates state that such a requirement violates their faith and is tantamount to compelled speech—that is, making a person say something against their will. It also defeats the purpose of their existence.

“Thus, Calvary Chapel and NIFLA’s other member centers are subjected by the state to a compelled speech requirement from which all other facilities offering an array of similar health services—but additionally abortion and contraception, to which Calvary Chapel and NIFLA’s other member centers object to providing on religious and moral grounds—are exempted,” the complaint reads.

The groups are seeking an injunction against the statute and a declaration that the law is unconstitutional both on its face and as applied to the Christian pregnancy centers.

“Freedom of speech also means the freedom to not express views that would violate one’s conscience,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Legal Counsel Elissa Graves, who is representing the centers in court, said in a statement on Thursday. “Yet, under this law, Hawaii is forcing pro-life centers and physicians to provide free advertising for the abortion industry against their conscience. Because of the First Amendment’s protections, courts have repeatedly rejected these types of laws as unconstitutional.”

As previously reported, several pregnancy centers in California are currently battling a similar bill that became law in 2015.

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  • vicnicholls

    I can’t agree with their position. If you witness to people, the fact we are not honest up front and say “we don’t believe in abortion” and/or “we will attempt to change your mind on abortion” becomes an issue of trust and honesty. It makes us looking like deceivers to get people in. They are NOT Christians. Trying to do something “religious” is not going to make us look good at this time.

    They need to be upfront and address those issues. Not only that, but things like this spread to non believers and so they use it against us.

  • FoJC

    Women seeking help at ‘pregnancy centers’ are vulnerable. Those advocating abortion, the murder of human life in the womb, are used by demons to trick them into murdering their baby. Because the demons don’t want to lose their supply of innocent blood, they are using the government to stifle groups that affirm the value of human life, which was created by God.

    If you’ve had an abortion, and now woefully regret it, you can find forgiveness and cleansing in the LORD. If you will ask Jesus, He will offer you Salvation. Your baby’s soul and spirit are with Him right now. You can spend Eternity with your baby.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

    • vicnicholls

      “Because the demons don’t want to lose their supply of innocent blood” where is this in the Bible? They don’t dry up because people don’t abort. If that was true, there would have been none back in the early days when there were no abortions.

      This is one of the areas that I have problems with credibility in witnessing to others. They can easily point out the disproven abortion causes breast cancer articles that are still cited by some pro lifers that are blatantly wrong. If you represent Christ, and don’t represent honesty, but use old data, etc. it only hurts the cause of Christ.

      • FoJC

        Many ancient pagan religions required people to sacrifice the young and innocent (babies and virgins). These pagan religions were (are) worship of demons. The Scriptures are clear on this issue. What is happening with abortion is, more importantly, a spiritual issue, not a medical one. The forces behind abortion are demonic. Devils want people killing the innocent, because they feed (spiritually) from the innocent blood shed. They also revel in it. Life is in the blood.

        I have no idea about the link between breast cancer and abortion, medically speaking. I’ve never suggested or said there is a link. There is, however, a direct link between sin and sickness/disease. This is also clear in the Scriptures, and witnessed by the Holy Spirit.

        Spiritual discernment is more important than medical data.

        Follow Jesus, find Truth.

        • vicnicholls

          The force behind any killing is demonic. The way you put it doesn’t sound Biblical at all. If it isn’t Christ, its demonic. I’ve never seen any Bible verse that supports your feeding on innocent blood. Either state it or we know its not Biblical.

          The abortion/breast cancer link was used for decades after it had been disproved, by Christians trying to persuade women to not have an abortion. Try witnessing to those who know it was a garbage link. It makes Christians look stupid and trying to fake scare them into Christ. Just give them the Gospel. Stop scaring people – be honest. Christ was always that. We’re here to plant seeds, because fear is not going to drive someone to Christ. Christ is the one who softens hearts and brings His own to Himself.

          If you are word of faith, that is of Satan. Flat out. Sin is a consequence of Adam and the fallen world. Disease is a part of that. That healing mess, please. If all of these “healers” in the word of faith and like movements, would go to hospitals, Chernobyl, Japan and the nuclear mess up there, then go prove it. Bye Bye. Head to Africa for the Ebola plagues or the Yemen cholera epidemic. Heal it. In fact, the US Govt. should fly them all over there at taxpayer expense and we see clear evidence of no medical intervention but only them healing people. Otherwise revoke their tax breaks for those that “preach” that false gospel.

          If people had spiritual discernment, they would have NEVER tried to lie to women that abortions cause breast cancer. It would NEVER have been mentioned. Christ didn’t come into the world to condemn but to save. That’s John 3:17.

          • FoJC

            Romans 10:8, 1 Timothy 4:6. I am indeed “word of Faith”, but ~maybe~ not the way you accuse.

            Acts 14:9, Matt. 9:22, Matt. 15:28, Mark 5:34, Mark 10:52, Mark 11:20-26, Luke 8:48, Luke 17:19. There a few Scripture references about the power of Faith.

            You seem to still be learning the basics, rather than becoming enlightened to the Devil’s tactics (thus what demons do and why they do them).

            Not to be rude, but I’m not discussing the breast cancer-abortion issue. I don’t know anything about it, nor do I care to take the time to learn about it.

          • vicnicholls

            Do you identify with who in the public according to beliefs? Is it NAR, Word of Faith Preachers, Bethel Church, etc. or do you agree with John MacArthur, RC Sproul, Voddie Baucham, Conrad Mbewe, Steve Lawson, James White, Steve Friel types? If not, who do you see comes closest to your beliefs?

            Second, you don’t know my background. Next, it needs to come out of the Bible and follow correct exposition/eisegesis. So far I’ve not seen you do that for your beliefs on demons in this area. If I took your words and compared them to the last 7 men I named, I would be hard pressed to find it (at least at the moment).

            If there is a problem with that causes you to defend how Christians have acted and represented Christ, you do need to know about it. Its why I’ve seen people turn off to the witness of others in my church. Todd Friel, in a witness situation, actually confronted situations of Christians who totally messed up a witness and turned people against Christians. It made an impact. The people were left speechless. They also saw a demonstration of honesty, truth, and the grace/mercy of God in it.

          • FoJC

            You are accomplished at arguing and know how to “cover all the bases”. You think you know. You think you’re a “tester”. You ignore Scripture and change the direction of your argument, yet you’re still going the wrong way.

            Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

          • vicnicholls

            Thank you for telling me your comments are suspect. That’s what I needed to know. For the record I follow those 7 men and others like them. I’m not afraid to say that.

  • Robert

    This is why It is important that we fill both the state and federal court systems with conservative Christians as judges.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      we need to preach the gospel of Christ only at two different times ……. in season ….. and out of season ….. relying on courts of men to do what is right is a failed strategy …………….

    • Sisyphus

      So packing the courts with judges that agree with your ideology is desirable? So typical of the double standards of religious bigots.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        they are packed now with judges that agree with YOUR ideology …… how is it different ….. so typical of NON-religious BIGOTS and pagans ……. cant see the forest for the trees …………..

        • Sisyphus

          The difference is, you don’t know my ideology. You are simply making ill informed assumptions

          • Jason Todd

            Yes, we do. You’re an anti-Christian bigot. Would you like me to prove it with direct quotes and embarrass you in front of your equally deranged peers?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i read your posts ………… and only an anti-religious bigot would say what you said ……….. so not much of an assumption …….

          • Jason Todd

            Dude, flagging my comment doesn’t change the truth. The fact is, your comments have been deleted more than once for making irrelevant, mocking and malicious posts towards people of faith.

            Solution: If you do not wish to be called an anti-Christian bigot, don’t act like one.

          • Sisyphus

            Seriously, if Christianity is what helps you find meaning in life, that’s cool; it’s just not for me. I had my fill whilst under my parent’s thumb. Additionally, I’ve already admitted more than once my comments can be a bit over the top. More to the point, I suspect many members of the judiciary are Christian, but hopefully they will continue to abide by the rule of law and not allow the law to be subordinate to their religious beliefs. If you don’t like a law, stop whining and do something to effect change.

          • Jason Todd

            Now why don’t I believe you?

          • Sisyphus

            That is a question you need to answer yourself.

        • vicnicholls

          Amos Moses the world is fallen. It is going to take people to rule over them who believe as they do. Remember, itching ears. They want what they want to hear, not the truth.

    • james blue

      You want activist judges?

  • james blue

    The law of unintended consequences bites hard. If it is constitutional to require an abrtion facility to read a government written statement even if the doctors do not agree with the statement, it is constitutional to require a crisis pregnancy center to do so.

    Once you use a tactic the same tactic will be used against you.

    • vicnicholls

      I used that for some of the proposed laws this past year, to state reps. I said if you put this in, it can be interpreted TWO ways. Suggest you don’t even try it, because it can and will be used against you.

  • Indie Vet

    It is unfortunate that the people in charge of running them didn’t pay more attention and keep their staff from bearing false witness. It worked for a while, but as lying often does, it backfires in the end causing even more damage.