A California state court ruled this week on a law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion clinics to all pregnant women.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask struck down California’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act,” which forced medical providers to inform all pregnant women on how and where to get taxpayer-funded abortion.
Trask found it violated free speech laws and put government in the middle of private medical decision.
In her blistering ruling, Trask wrote, in part:
The State is requiring more than informed consent. The statute requires the clinic to give information to a woman at the start of her relationship with the clinic. Women who come to the clinic and are found not to be pregnant must be told of the availability of abortion. Women who find out they are pregnant and are thrilled to be so must be told about abortion. Women with unplanned, but not unwanted pregnancies must also be told. The State inserts itself into the private and sensitive relationship between a woman and her physician…
…[The State] may enact law that support abortion access and tax its citizens to make abortion available. It can require informed consent for all medical procedures. But its ability to impress free citizens into State service in this political dispute cannot be absolute; it must be limited. . . .
The statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message.
With abortion rates declining nationwide, the abortion industry proposed the law as a way of forcing pro-life activists to advertise their services.