NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge has temporarily barred New York City from enforcing a new law that would require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose specific information about their services.

The law would have required such centers to detail whether they provided abortions or emergency contraception, and whether they had a licensed medical provider on-site. The law was to go into effect on Thursday.

The City Council enacted the law in March, saying it was a matter of consumer protection and truth in advertising. But opponents argued that it violated free speech rights and was motivated chiefly by politics.

In his ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III wrote that the city’s definition of commercial speech was too broad.

City officials are expected to appeal the decision.

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