Law Compromises Purpose of Pregnancy Centers

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Opponents of a New York City law that requires crisis pregnancy centers to post and distribute abortion information despite the contradictory message are hoping to temporarily overturn the measure while it's debated in court.

The American Center for Law and Justice is urging the U.S. District Court to block the ordinance before it goes into effect in July.  Attorneys representing 13 crisis pregnancy centers say the law isn't about women's health, but instead about abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood trying to keep business.

"They're afraid of these crisis pregnancy centers because it hurts business.  It means statistically less abortion when someone walks into a crisis pregnancy center," said Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ director of international operations.  "So they'll say this is about health, about being honest, about what services are provided.  The truth is they don't like crisis pregnancy centers at Planned Parenthood because it hurts the abortion business."

Click play to watch more of Jordan Sekulow's comments to CBN News about the New York City law targeting pregnancy centers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the pregnancy center bill into law March 16 after it was passed by the New York City Council.

The law requires crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they provide abortions, emergency contraception and prenatal care. This includes posting signs in the lobbies of their counseling centers as well as putting the information on advertisements and giving the information verbally to women who call or visit.

"If you really look at the requirements, some of [the pregnancy centers] may have to shut down just because it's so difficult, so expensive to meet the requirements the city has passed," Sekulow added.

ACLJ Senior Counsel CeCe Heil says the Supreme Court has said on numerous occasions, "The right to freedom of speech includes both the right of a speaker to choose his own preferred message, and the right not to speak a message with which the speaker disagrees."

Bloomberg said he signed the ordinance, "To ensure that women are fully informed of the services provided by pregnancy service centers."

Pregnancy centers are known for being an alternative to clinics like Planned Parenthood who promote abortion.

A hearing on the ACLJ motion will be held June 7.

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