Judge Blocks Law For Disclosure At Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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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  1. Colleen Barry says:

    At one point NYC Council even said a pregnancy support center title like “Sisters of Life” (an order of Nuns) and “Bridge to Life” had deceptive titles about where they stood on LIFE issues.
    Bravo, Bravo. The City Council tried to put into place a law that mandated signage and other items that NO NON-PROFIT or For Profit Business has ever had placed on ti. Bravo to the Judge. I sat through the city council hearings and vote and the members of the city council were so biased and in bed with NARAL and others it was (unfortunately) NOT shocking. They literally used NARAL to put this law together and most of the city council members at the hearing didn’t even stay to hear anything from concerned Doctors, Professionals and residents of NYC. At one point they even said a pregnancy support center title like “Sisters of Life” (an order of Nuns) and “Bridge to Life” had deceptive titles about where they stood on LIFE issues. Colleen E. Barry, Manhattan Business Owner

  2. CGK says:

    looks like Christine Quinn and Planned Parenthood are upset that only 41% of pregnancies in NYC end in abortion and want to increase their business at the abortion mills

  3. Timothy says:

    I do not understand how this is a violation. The center is not disclosing individual names just total amount of services. Honeslty, this ruling defies logic.

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