CA Pro-Life Centers Win Against Forced Speech Law


A California state trial court issued a permanent injunction on Monday in The Scharpen Foundation vs. Kamala Harris against California’s AB775, which imposes onerous notification and disclosure requirements on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.  Under this law, pro-life pregnancy centers are required to conspicuously post a message alerting all who enter that California offers free and low-cost abortions with a local phone number for more information. The Scharpen Foundation is represented by Bob Tyler.

All licensed and unlicensed pregnancy counseling centers in the state are required to post the following government-prescribed message in their facilities and in their online advertising or be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each additional violation:

California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care and abortion for eligible women…

In Monday’s decision, the Riverside County Superior Court permanently halted enforcement of the law, finding that it violates the right to free speech under the California state Constitution. This means that unless the decision is appealed and overturned, pro-life pregnancy centers do not have to comply with the unconstitutional law that forced them to speak a state-mandated message about abortion that is antithetical to their religious beliefs.


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