Pregnancy centers are the “competition” to abortion centers. They are the antithesis to what an abortion center stands for. Pregnancy centers stand for life, while abortion centers stand for death.
The Reproductive Fact Act will force pregnancy centers to advertise for the other side, by placing a sign in the window, with a phone number for free abortion services.
If the sign is posted at a licensed medical clinic, it will read:
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. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].
Will the abortion clinic be required to post a sign saying, “If you don’t want your baby tortured and killed while in your womb, call this number [xxx-xxx-xxxx]”? That is obviously a no.
So how does this law stifle religious freedom? Pregnancy centers offer alternative services because life has value and sanctity and these values come from a moral and religious foundation. To force a pregnancy center to advertise for those who hold a contradicting world view is a breach of their free exercise of religion.
But Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, which has sued the state over the law, told National Public Radio, “It’s like telling the Alcoholics Anonymous group that they have to have a large sign saying where people can get alcohol and booze for free. It’s like telling a Jewish synagogue that they can have their service, and do their thing, but they have to have a large sign where people can go to pray to receive Jesus.”
He added, “If people are not allowed to carry out their faith, and act and actually exercise their faith–not just have their private beliefs, but actually exercise their faith–then we really don’t have religious freedom.”
The intent in this law seems obvious, to muzzle the voice of those who are offer pregnancy services that are life driven and to force them to point clients to “free” services at abortion clinics. Ultimately if a clinic does not comply, they will face fines. Many of these clinics are supported by religious organizations and donations, so a penalty to stand up for their beliefs would more than likely put them out of business, much to the satisfaction of the abortion industry.