The Socialist government of France has adopted news laws making it a crime to engage in any pro-life activism the government deems may be “misleading.”
Of course, it’s entirely up to the government what “misleading” means, and it includes scientific studies on the risks and potential effects of abortion:
A new law in France imposes a punishment of a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of $30,000 for “spreading or transmitting allegations or indications liable to intentionally mislead, with the purpose of deterring [from abortion], on the characteristics or medical consequences of a voluntary interruption” of pregnancy. In other words, if a person asserts, on a pro-life website, that abortion could lead to certain adverse medical situations for the pregnant woman, and the government considers that “misexplaining the need for a new law in France,” that person could be criminally prosecuted.
France had already outlawed “moral and psychological pressure searching to hinder abortion,” a law that led to the prosecution of a blind grandmother for giving a woman a pair of knitted baby boots in the vicinity of a Planned Parenthood office.
Unfortunately, pro-choice radicals in the U.S. are looking to follow suit, with new measures intended to outlaw crisis pregnancy centers. Liberals claim crisis pregnancy centers lie to women by citing scientific facts about fetal development and how far along a mother’s unborn baby really is.
Speech is only free when it supports the liberal agenda, it seems.