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Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Must Promote Abortion

It is abundantly easy to get an abortion in California. How easy? My radical state is so intent that no unwanted pregnancy be carried to term that it allows nurse practitioners to kill fetuses.

But some babies escape the abortion maw because of pro-life pregnancy counseling centers. Scandal!

So a law was passed requiring all pregnancy clinics to post notices that abortions could be obtained at taxpayer expense, with a number to call.

Some centers objected to the coercion of what they consider to be pro-abortion speech. Tough. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that such required notices are “neutral”–since they apply to abortion clinics and pregnancy counseling centers alike–and hence, most likely to be ruled constitutional on the merits.

Of course, no Planned Parenthood center would mind! But notice abortion clinics have no concomitant obligation to post a notice where counseling can be obtained if a woman is thinking about bringing her baby to term.

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. Expect the same kind of campaign to be waged aggressively against virtually any and every form of pro-life advocacy across the country if Hillary Clinton is the next POTUS. 

Yes, even more than Obama has pushed abortion. Think Hyde Amendment. Radical pro-abortion advocacy is the only principle to which Clinton has remained true through all of the years she has been a specter on the public stage.

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

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