Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Go to Court Over Law Requiring They Promote Abortions
A conservative legal organization went to court Friday in Hawaii over a law that forces pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for abortion.
‚ÄúThey are requiring pregnancy centers [that] just give away diapers and baby clothes to refer women to the state, to a website that connects them with certainly abortion causing drugs, and ‚Ä¶ abortionists,‚ÄĚ Kevin Theriot, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
‚ÄúThis is an important case because Hawaii goes even further than California did, and they are clearly singling out pregnancy centers,‚ÄĚ Theriot said....
‚ÄúThis is like the government forcing the local pacifist group to post directions to the nearest military recruiting depot,‚ÄĚ Cathy Ruse, senior legal fellow at the Family Research Council, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.
In the war of ideas, the government should never force one side to carry the flag of the other. It‚Äôs not fair. More than that, it‚Äôs government-forced speech, and that‚Äôs not constitutional. Melanie Israel, research associate for the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, said the law is unfair to the state‚Äôs pregnancy care centers.
‚ÄúPro-life pregnancy centers provide vital services, education, supplies, counseling, and compassionate options to women experiencing a touch pregnancy,‚ÄĚ Israel said, adding:
The abortion industry sees these centers as a threat, because they offer women choices beyond abortion. The state government‚Äôs attempt to force these centers to promote a procedure that directly violates the core mission and purpose of their work is an affront to rights of conscience and free expression. Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal that the law must be stopped. -- personhood & Abolition needed vs blood guilt!