The city council calls it telling the truth. The religious backers call it freedom of speech. Now a federal judge will weigh in.
In clinics nationwide, young women — mostly poor women — are lured into so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which falsely advertise themselves as health clinics, but which are anything but. These crisis pregnancy centers are often set up and run by Catholic churches, which, for obvious reasons, doesn’t bode well for any woman seeking information about contraception or terminating a pregnancy. Instead of offering counseling about a woman’s choices, these CPCs steer women towards a right-wing, anti-choice agenda, using Jesus and guilt as weapons.
The Center for Reproductive Rights and the City of Baltimore announced on Saturday that they will immediately appeal a court decision involving a legal challenge to a new city ordinance that demands truth in advertising from crisis pregnancy centers in Baltimore.
The City of Baltimore asks the court to dismiss the Archbishop and Center for Pregnancy Concerns’s case regarding crisis pregnancy centers posting truthful signs.
Montgomery County, Maryland, is being sued by a limited service pregnancy center over a a truth in advertising disclosure law.
Baltimore City compels local pregnancy ministries to post signs about their services, allowing women to make informed choices about whether they want evangelistic help or a gynecologist.
The city of Austin, Texas is considering passing an ordinance to require so-called crisis pregnancy centers to post a notice that they do not provide birth control, abortion services or referrals to abortion providers.
“Crisis pregnancy” centers in Baltimore must now display signs stating they do not provide abortions or birth-control referrals under a measure approved by the City Council Monday night and thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.”