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Never Enough Abortions in California

California is such a pro-abortion state that:

1. It allows non-doctor nurse practitioners to terminate fetal life.

2. Its voters have twice refused to vote in a “parent notification” law, requiring that parents of underage girls be told–not approve, just notified–that their daughter had an abortion.

And now:

3. Crisis pregnancy centers–that help women choose to give birth by providing counseling and material support–will be required to post notices of where abortions can be obtained with phone numbers, as well as that they might be obtained for free.

A federal judge earlier ruled that such forced speech is peachy keen because the communication is simply “factual.” Now, a Court of Appeals is allowing the law to go into effect. From the San Francisco Chronicle story:

A federal appeals court has refused to block a new California law requiring religiously sponsored antiabortion clinics known as “crisis pregnancy centers” to notify patients that the state makes reproductive health services, including abortion, available at little or no cost.

The clinics argued that the law violates their freedom of speech. The state-mandated notices are “the equivalent of a referral for abortion,” attorney Francis Manion of the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal organization, said in a court filing this week.

But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied a request by three Northern California clinics Wednesday for an injunction that would have blocked the law while they challenged its constitutionality. The panel of Judges Edward Leavy, Milan Smith and Sandra Ikuta, all Republican appointees, said the clinics were unlikely to prevail in their appeal of a federal judge’s ruling allowing the law to take effect Friday.

Needless to say, abortion clinics do not have a similar requirement of forced factual speech, such as informing women that counseling and support is available to them to maintain their pregnancy for free, with phone numbers and locations of where the help can be found.

Because in California, there can never be enough abortions and pro-life speech is officially disfavored speech.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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