Is nothing sacred anymore? It was Erick Erickson who said, “You will be made to care,” and he was right. The latest ruling from the most overturned circuit court in the country, the 9th Circuit has issued a ruling that defies all logic:
A federal appeals court has upheld a California law that requires pregnancy clinics, even those affiliated with a religion, to educate patients about abortion options.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a motion from three religiously affiliated nonprofits that sought to prevent enforcement of the 2015 law, which they say goes against their religion by promoting abortion. That decision upheld an earlier ruling from a lower court that denied the nonprofits’ motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from taking effect.
What is the point of being a pro-life organization if they have to promote abortion?
Several anti-abortion religious nonprofits sued last year to prevent the law from taking effect, claiming it violated their freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
One of the plaintiffs is the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, which runs 111 pregnancy centers in California, 73 of which are licensed. Pregnancy Care clinic is another plaintiff and is licensed and offers medical services such as ultrasounds and offers education on family planning. The third defendant is Fallbrook Pregnancy Center, an unlicensed clinic that offers services such as free pregnancy tests.
“Appellants are strongly opposed to abortion,” the opinion said. “None provide abortions or referrals for abortions.”
This strikes at the heart of arguments conservatives have made about the left for the longest time: Liberals think people are stupid and need the helping hand of government to lead them through life.
The CA state legislature believes women are so dumb, they don’t know there is an option to get an abortion and it’s just awful for them to be convinced to keep the baby or give it up for adoption.
Thankfully, the fight is not over:
The Alliance for Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal group that was representing the clinics, slammed the opinion.
“Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms,” said senior counsel Matt Bowman, in a statement.
This was a ruling by a three judge panel. The next step would be the full 9th circuit and then, if necessary, the Supreme Court.