Sunday, August 14, 2011

San Fran. to Censor Pro-life Counseling Centers

Abortion advocate NARAL has been enlisted by San Francisco officials in drafting an ordinance against "misleading advertising" by pregnancy crisis centers. This harassment emanated from a realization by abortionists that Google searches on the word "abortion" yields pro-life centers.

UPDATE 11/21/11: After the ordinance passed 10 to 1, First Resort filed suit in U.S. District Court challenging its constitutionality.

-- From "Pols Pressure Pregnancy Clinic over 'Anti-Abortion' Tactics" by RJ Middleton, NBC Bay Area TV 8/8/11

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera claims that the First Resort Clinic -- with offices in San Francisco, Oakland and Redwood City -- uses tactics like forced ultrasounds, tales of botched abortions and other methods to dissuade women from considering abortions, according to a release from the attorney's office.

The pols want First Resort [a pro-life counseling service] to change the language on its website about exactly what services it provides by the end of August.

First Resort, according to Patch, sent a response: "(We) reject in the strongest possible terms any representation that our advertising misleads women. We treat women with dignity and respect their right to choose."

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From "'Right-wing, politically motivated centers' [says San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera]" posted at California Catholic Daily 8/8/11

An ordinance cheered on by the radical pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice California has been introduced in San Francisco that would restrict the operations of pregnancy-counseling centers. It represents the latest in a series of such attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers across the country.

"Crisis pregnancy centers are a serious threat to women's health," Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, said in a prepared statement. “By posing as legitimate medical clinics that offer a full range of reproductive-health services, these fake clinics often lie and manipulate women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. I applaud Supervisor Cohen for her work on this important issue, and urge the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to support Cohen's ordinance."

When news broke of Cohen’s plans in June, pro-life legal groups like the Alliance Defense Fund and the Life Legal Defense Foundation vowed to challenge the law in court. Life Legal Defense Foundation called claims that pregnancy resource centers mislead women “patently false.”

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From "City launches attack on centers that advise against abortion" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 8/5/11

City attorney Dennis Herrera said at a news conference that when women were searching for terms "abortion" and "San Francisco," a Google listing for "First Resort," a counseling organization, appears, according to a report in the BayCitizen.

Herrera said he sent a letter to First Resort, the report said. It asks First Resort to change its advertising.

A related attempt by pro-abortion factions in New York City to control the speech of pregnancy centers that counsel mothers-to-be also recently hit a judicial speed bump.

The setback was a preliminary injunction from a federal judge that prevents a new city requirement from being enforced while it is argued in court.

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Also read Maryland Law Slams Door on Pro-life Speech and also read Baltimore Targets Catholic Pro-life Centers - Archdiocese Sues