We have come to expect liberal policies to dominate in California. After all, this is the state that elected Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown as its governor for two distinct terms of office. One would have thought that once was enough. Apparently not for Californians.
We are also used to judicial decisions coming from federal and state courts in California to be consistently promoting the liberal agenda. Sort of as though they are just another legislative component of government as opposed to an unbiased judiciary. When constitutional rights are upheld by a court in California, we are drawn to take a second look just to be sure it’s true.
This time it is true. California state law has required pro-life pregnancy centers providing alternatives to abortion to tell clients that there are free abortion clinics which are available to them. That sounds like something California would do. The shock is that a judge in that state has struck the law down. Chalk up a win for the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to free-speech.
“The Reproductive FACT Act, passed in 2015, requires pregnancy counseling centers to provide notices with the following language:
“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].”
If you are looking for an intrusive law, look no further. Businesses and organizations in this case are required to advertise for their competitors.
“Critics of the law said that the law violated the First Amendment rights of the clinicians.”
No kidding. Fortunately, one judge saw the injustice of this law, agreed with its opponents, and struck it down.
“On Tuesday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask agreed. In her opinion, quoted by the Orange County Register, she argued that the law exceeds the limitation on compelled speech by the state by forcing a pregnancy center ‘to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message.'”
Of course, the abortion industry and its supporters in California government are outraged and promised an appeal. Apparently for them, there can be no countervailing services in the state that are free to advocate their positions without being shackled by intrusive government regulations.
Once upon a time, the left could be depended on to support freedom of speech, even in its most bizarre and offensive forms. No more. Now freedom of speech is for those advocating for leftist positions only. The right can be muzzled at will.
After all, if women are given alternatives to aborting their babies, some might decide to do so. And this is a freedom the left cannot tolerate.