Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Description:  The city of Baltimore passed an ordinance that forces pregnancy resource centers to post signs discouraging women from using their services.


Federal court rules in favor of pregnancy resource centers, free speech


Monday, October 03, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Bowman regarding a federal court’s order late last week in Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore which upholds the free speech of pregnancy resource centers by ruling against a city ordinance that forced the centers to promote messages at odds with their pro-life beliefs and mission:

“No American should be forced to promote activities or speak messages that violate their deepest convictions, as Baltimore’s ordinance required. That law is very similar to ones in other places of the country, such as California and Illinois, where ADF is currently seeking to protect the constitutionally protected freedoms of other pregnancy resource centers that are being threatened by the government. The court’s decision in this case will provide persuasive precedent to defend free speech there and in other states. We commend allied attorney Mark Rienzi and the rest of the pregnancy centers’ legal team for this important First Amendment victory.”
 
  • Pronunciation guide: Bowman (BOH-min')
 
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
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Monday, October 03, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 2014-08-21: Baltimore attempting to drag pro-life groups into court
  • 2014-06-13: Md. city council targets pro-life groups with demands for private files
  • 2012-06-28: 4th Circuit: No government-controlled speech at Md. pregnancy resource centers
  • 2011-06-08: Opposition mounts against Baltimore ordinance that targets pregnancy care centers

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