LA city attorney targets pregnancy help centers with prosecution

“They’re out to make an example of us”
Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Attorney Mike Feuer address enforcement of California's Crisis Pregnancy Center regulation. (Nicole Knight Shine / Rewire)

Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Attorney Mike Feuer address enforcement of California’s Crisis Pregnancy Center regulation. (Nicole Knight Shine / Rewire)

The following comes from an August 25 Pregnancy Help News article by Jay Hobbs:

California’s statewide crusade against life-affirming alternatives to abortion took an alarming turn August 18, when Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer announced his office had succeeded in bullying a state-licensed pregnancy help medical clinic into compliance with a law the clinic says violates its deeply held religious convictions.

Pregnancy Counseling Center’s leaders and board of directors had drawn a line in the sand: they were not going to comply with the state of California’s 2015 edict that would force them to violate their deeply held religious convictions by participating in an abortion referral.

So, when the state’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” went into effect Jan. 1, 2016—mandating signage that not only tells clients about state-funded abortions through Medi-Cal, but also gives a phone number on where to get started on getting an abortion—the pro-life pregnancy medical clinic stood its ground.

Likewise, when Feuer threatened to enforce the law in a letter to the clinic on May 16, Pregnancy Counseling Center held firm.

Same goes for July 15, when Feuer sent the clinic—which serves over 1,100 women each year across from Family Planning Associates, one of the largest abortion provider in the San Fernando Valley—a follow-up letter reiterating his intent to enforce the law, which the Democrat-controlled state legislature had established on a Big Abortion-friendly party-line vote in 2015.

Then, on Aug. 18, Feuer made his announcement: Pregnancy Counseling Center would now comply with the law and begin distributing the state’s compelled signage. The state’s disclaimer is now printed in 14-point font, and in the county’s 13 threshold languages, as the law demands.

“They’re out to make an example of us,” Nancy Corbett, the clinic’s executive director, said. “They just want their foot in the door. They were testing the waters as to how much we’re willing to fight. What’s next? What’s coming down the line is my big question.”

What changed along the way was Feuer’s strategy to enforce the law. Up for re-election in a Democrat-heavy jurisdiction, Feuer had promised as early as May that his office wasn’t waiting for the court to hand down its ruling. In July, he told Rebecca Pleven of KPCC, the local NPR affiliate, “I will pursue all the remedies that I have available to me.”

Feuer’s remedy, in the end, was to enforce a law that is currently being challenged by wielding an unfair competition business practice law. Unable to turn up any sort of health code violations, Feuer scoured California’s Business & Professions Code until he found an obscure and largely unenforced regulation that served to back Pregnancy Counseling Center into a corner.

Not only did the tactic allow Feuer to enforce the Reproductive FACT Act, it introduced a fine of $2,500 per violation plus attorney’s fees for violations—up from the Reproductive FACT Act’s $500 first-time offender price tag.

Had Pregnancy Counseling Center and Corbett appealed to courts locally, they would have been asking for relief from justices appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the Reproductive FACT Act into law last October. That’s when Pregnancy Counseling Center decided they had no choice but to comply.

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  1. Goes to show the demoncratic Nazi’s are in full force, they’ll stop at nothing to build and defend their evil empire. How sad for California having Father Serra’s legacy and a once very Christian state is going to he double hockey sticks, I am sorry to say.
    We have to stop the demoncratic Nazi bully’s from ordering that we comply with their evil agendas. This needs to be taken up to the US Supreme Court if necessary. Sadly, in the outcome of the Last Judgment there will be hell to be paid for many.

  2. So much for justice and equal protection under the law!

  3. We are required to follow the law, even if we don’t like it. (I know about not following immoral laws.) Bur, how did this law get passed? It is not just the Bishops who didn’t do their jobs. All of the pro-life groups didn’t do their jobs either or the law would not have passed. We need to learn how to work the system. First of all, the legislators would not pass this kind of law if they thought the majority of people didn’t favor it. They would not have passed this law if those opposed had given millions to their campaign chest. In California, the Legislators require you to pay to play, even when they protest that that isn’t the case.

    • It wasn’t a law that was openly talked about. There were people who spoke out against it, and tried to keep it from becoming law, but the California legislature is in the firm talons of the vultures of the Democrat party. It is overwhelmingly Democrat. I personally believe that they stuff ballot boxes on Election Day to keep people like Pelosi and Boxer in place. I’m still looking for “the big one” to dump the state into the sea. I’m thinking that’s the only remedy to this outrage. After all, Reagan was governor here. We were a Republican stronghold.

    • Fr. John Higgins says:

      No, there are some instances when we are not required to follow a law. Take, for example, the laws which enforced segregation, discrimination and prejudice against people because of their ethnicity. There are civil laws, which in general we must observe. But when a law is clearly immoral Catholics are free to disregard civil law in order to observe God’s Law.

  4. Where’s Abp. Gomez? At the border?

  5. Ray of Light says:

    A good Jew would seek to uphold Deut:

    “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

    Mike Feuer—consider the curses that will come upon you.

  6. helen wheels says:

    Mike Fuhrer ?? Uncle Adolf would be proud !!

  7. John Patrick says:

    Why doesn’t he focus on all the gang and other crime in Los Angeles instead of persecuting groups who help society.

  8. Catherine says:

    Pope Francis labels Hillary’s Running Mate Tim Kaine a ‘Violent Catholic Politician’

    http://drrichswier.com/2016/08/03/pope-francis-lables-tim-kaine-a-violent-catholic-politician/

    Tom Morrissey says:
    August 10, 2016 at 6:56 AM
    We are waiting for absolute across the board clarity with unity from our Bishops.
    A non negotiable is non negotiable.
    Can we vote for a pro abortion candadate. No!
    We are waiting for the truth from our Bishops and priests.
    There is a clear answer. Say it or wear the guilt on judgement day.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      That is a highly specious rendering of what the pope said. The quote does not reference Senator Kaine at all. The Pope was talking about the small minority of Muslims who commit violence, adding that all religions have small numbers of people who commit violence. He never mentioned Kaine in that regard, as far as I can find.

    • Catherine, the title of the article is not accurate. Mr. Kaine was not mentioned in anything the Pope said. We may disagree with the candidate’s stand on the issue, but good journalism starts with accurate reporting.

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