Ninth Circuit won’t block abortion notice law in California

Pregnancy centers will face fines if they don't alert patients to abortion availability

crisis-pregnancy-center-300x225The following comes from a December 1 Courthouse News Service release by Nicholas Iovino:

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to block a new California law that requires pregnancy care centers to notify patients about state-funded contraception and abortion services.

Three faith-based pregnancy care centers sued the state in October, claiming the Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act violates their freedoms of speech and religion.

Livingwell Medical Clinic, Pregnancy Care Center of the North Coast and Confidence Pregnancy Center appealed a federal judge’s ruling from earlier this month finding the new law, which takes effect on Friday, does not impede their First Amendment rights.

On December 23, the centers appealed White’s ruling and asked the Ninth Circuit to stop the law from taking effect until their appeal is decided.

“Without such relief, plaintiffs will be forced by the act to disseminate a government-mandated message wholly contrary to their religious beliefs, identities, and mission,” the centers wrote in their emergency motion for an injunction.

One day prior to the law taking effect, the Ninth Circuit rejected that request and found the centers are unlikely to succeed on claims that the judge abused his discretion in denying their request for an injunction.

The state Legislature approved the FACT Act bill in October, and Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law.

Licensed facilities that violate the law face initial fines of $500, and $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

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  1. Hopefully this is only a setback and this ruling will be reversed by the Supreme Court.
    By this logic, abortion clinics ought to have signs up about services which might caise women to consider alternatives to abortion, including counseling, WIC financial support programs, right to family medical leave from work etc. etc.

  2. “California law that requires pregnancy care centers to notify patients about state-funded contraception and abortion services. This law should be openly defied by those who run the Crisis Centers, just defy these death loving Marxists.

  3. The birth control pill kills. Not only embryos at times but women too. It exacerbates breast tumors and other medial problems.. The residue from the pills and urine from the women who take it gets in our sewage system and is polluting our waterways and deforming the fish. Abortion also harms women’s bodies.beside killing babies. Natural Family Planning, such as what is on the Couple to Couple website, is safer and better for the environment for married couples. All others should refrain from sexual activity as children need and deserve a good mother AND father.

    • Natural Family Planning should only be used for serious reason. Married couples should be open to having children.

  4. Why does this report all sound backwards to me? Does it to you too? Its like the good guys (pro-life) are wearing the black hats, and the bad guys (pro-choice/death) are wearing the white hats.

    It is as though the CA state proposition writers yesterday are back into doing their dirty old deceiving writing games again.

  5. Linda Maria says:

    Our Church needs to WAKE UP to RESPONSIBILITY– and quit trying to lead people, by secular political maneuvers, and by publishing weak USCCB documents! The Church needs to lead correctly, by telling the whole world, about SIN and VIRTUE, and correctly EDUCATING her Catholic Faithful, from womb to tomb– as before Vatican II!! Those who dare to DESTROY THE LIFE OF A CHILD BY ABORTION, or DESTROY THE LIFE OF ANY HUMAN BEING BY EUTHANASIA– MUST BE PUNISHED, BY EXCOMMUNICATION!! SUCH HORRIFIC SINS ARE SERIOUS!! I will continue…

    • I must agree, Linda Marie, that the Church has been a mouse, not a lion, here in California on this ridiculous ruling, the hypocrisy of which has been ably pointed out by C&H.

  6. Linda Maria says:

    I think our Church should provide all Catholics with a strong and solid religious education program, lifelong, and also let everyone know, the seriousness of Mortal Sin– like MURDER of the helpless unborn, and MURDER by euthanasia, of the sick, handicapped, and elderly, too! It takes a LOT to “get the message across,” to insensitive, thoughtless, immoral, selfish people!! You DO have to be VERY STERN!! Tell them they will be EXCOMMUNICATED, and may spend an eternity in Hell, for their MURDERS!! Christ Himself was VERY STERN with evildoers! He called Pharisees “whitened sepulchers,” and bodily threw the money changers out of the holy Temple!!

    • Under present canon law, everyone who undergoes or performs an abortion is AUTOMATICALLY excommunicated latae sententiae (that is, by their very act) without the need of any notice or other disciplinary action by the Church.

  7. Where was the voice of the Catholic bishops of California ? It was the sounds of silence.

  8. FrMichael says:

    The wicked depravity of the judiciary continues.

  9. People need to pay attention to the VOTING records of all incumbents, to determine whether or not they are worthy of re-election.
    The VOTERS in CA are responsible for those in State office who write and approve the laws.
    All Catholic CITIZENS are required to vote per CCC # 2240.

  10. Joel Fago says:

    It is bad enough that unborn babies are being killed, but now places that are trying to save unborn babies must remind expectant mothers where they can go to kill their unborn babies. Where are the supporters of this evil going?

    • Mr. Fargo, I am glad that you are posting on your private site instead of continuing to use (apparently) the official site of the California Department of Insurance. Don’t get me wrong—I agree with you. But using a State-maintained site connected to your job hands our Church’s enemies ammunition to use against us.

  11. NFP should be an easy sell to the Left: it is organic!! Ironic how they won’t eat any meat or chicken that has been fed hormones, yet ingest hormones without a second thought.

  12. John Patrick says:

    This country has entered a dictatorship. Our bishops are silent.

  13. OneoftheSheep says:

    Post a notice in the tiniest print available. Don’t provide reading glasses. Place the notice on top of a trash can.

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