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AUL defends pregnancy care centers from “scarlet letter campaign” by abortion lobby in case with national implications

“Pro-life volunteers do not deserve to be branded and their pregnancy care centers marked with the messages of the abortion industry,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

Washington, D.C., June 7, 2011—Today AUL will file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Care Net, Heartbeat International, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and pregnancy care centers in Maryland, whose free speech rights are being trampled by the abortion lobby through its attempt to brand pregnancy care centers in a “Scarlet Letter” Campaign, said Americans United for Life president and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

The “Scarlet Letter” campaign is a recent push by the abortion lobby to force its competition in the pro-life community to push an abortion message in pregnancy care centers by requiring signs about abortion to be posted. The abortion industry worked for the passage of multiple ordinances across the country to force the abortion messages. Several other lawsuits involving similar ordinances are moving through the courts. In the case involving Baltimore, the lower court has already ruled the forced abortion messages to be an unconstitutional violation of the free speech rights of pro-life Americans, and the case is being closely watched.

“The ordinance in the Baltimore case tries to undermine the work of pregnancy care centers by forcing the posting of messages about abortions in the facilities,” said Dr. Yoest. “Apparently, the abortion lobby feels threatened by the loving care available to mothers in pregnancy care centers, and is trying to brand the centers with a ‘Scarlet Letter,’ disparaging the message of loving alternatives to abortion.”

AUL’s brief, which is available here, will be filed today in the Fourth Circuit case Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. For more information on the potentially precedent-setting action, contact AUL’s media office.

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