Friday, January 28, 2011

Baltimore Anti-Pregnancy Center Law Declared Unconstitutional

From today's Christian Newswire, we read that the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland found the Baltimore City law requiring signage in pro-life pregnancy centers to be unconstitutional.  The case is Archbishop of Baltimore et al. v. City of Baltimore et al.  In his opinion, Judge Garbis stated "the Government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a 'pro-life' pregnancy-related service center to post a sign as would be required by the Ordinance."  He also referred to the ordinance as "viewpoint-based discrimination".

A similar suit is in progress regarding the ordinance as it was enacted in Montgomery County last year.  Today Judge Garbis's ruling bodes well for the Montgomery County pregnancy centers, as well as pregnancy centers all over the country.  We illustrated last year how these ordinances were part of a coordinated campaign by NARAL to stifle the pregnancy centers so that abortionists' blood-money revenue wouldn't dry up.

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