CENTER FOR PREGNANCY CONCERNS VICTORIOUS IN FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE OF BALTIMORE CITY’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL ATTEMPT TO REGULATE CENTER’S SPEECH
On October 4, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued a decision granting summary judgment in favor of the Center for Pregnancy Concerns (CPC) on its lawsuit challenging Baltimore’s regulation of the Center’s speech in violation of the First Amendment.
In 2010, the City of Baltimore passed a law requiring pro-life pregnancy counselors—but not pro-choice pregnancy counselors—to post statements about services they do not provide, claiming that these centers might be tricking women. But the court found that the Center already informs women in many ways that it does not provide abortions: via telephone, in person and in its “Commitment of Care” sign posted in the lobby. Yet the City insisted that the Center must use its prescribed words, rather than the Center’s own words, because women might be “tricked” into coming to the Center thinking it is an abortion provider.
Judge Garbis notes in his decision the mission and activities of CPC: The motivation for all the Center does is the belief in Jesus Christ and belief that the Bible ad Christianity are strongly opposed to abortion and strongly value life. The motivation of the board, staff, volunteers and donors to the Center is the Christian pro-life mission of the Center.
“The Center For Pregnancy Concerns” is pleased that the federal district court in Baltimore joined many other courts around the country that have struck down similar attempts to infringe on the First Amendment rights of pro-life pregnancy centers.
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