“Pregnancy Care Centers provide real care and hope for women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. These life-affirming centers should not be forced to promote the abortion industry’s agenda in order to help women,” said AUL’s Staff Counsel Deanna Wallace.

Washington, D.C. (04-03-17) — Today AUL will file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Care Net and pregnancy care centers in Maryland, whose free speech rights are being trampled by the abortion industry.

There has been a recent push by the abortion industry to force 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 is a blatant attempt to undermine the life-affirming work of pregnancy care centers by forcing the posting of messages about abortions in their facilities,” said Wallace. “Clearly, the abortion industry feels threatened by the ability of these amazing pregnancy care centers to provide women with alternatives to abortion, and is trying to protect their profits by forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to promote 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.