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Judge upholds SF ordinance’s blatant attack on local women-helping centers

by | Feb 24, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong

As we were wrapping up Tuesday’s edition of National Right to Life News Today, I ran across a story in the San Francisco Chronicle explaining that U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of Oakland had upheld the “Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance.” Since I just found a copy of Judge Armstrong’s decision and have not had a chance to read it, a detailed story will have to wait until Wednesday. (For background, see here.)

This blatant infringement of free speech was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in October 2011 and covers only two pregnancy centers–Alpha Pregnancy Center and the much larger First Resort. It purports to protect women “seeking information regarding options to terminate a pregnancy” from receiving “untrue or misleading” information. The Ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee in November 2011.

First Resort’s lawsuit fairly steamed with indignation at what it asserts is a blatant example of viewpoint discrimination intended to “chill” First Resort’s right to free speech–an ordinance bereft of legislative findings or underlying evidence to support the claim that First Resort is misleading women or providing them with false evidence.

More tomorrow.

Categories: Free Speech