By Dave Andrusko
Today’s last-in-the-queue story for National Right to Life News Today borrows from Part Five where CareNet talks about a remarkably revealing YouTube video posted less than a week ago by NARAL Pro-Choice New York .
I would encourage you to take the seven minutes to watch NARAL brag about how it has created a “model” that other cities can adopt to harass women helping centers in urban areas. They planned what they were going to do at two meetings and then went forth to try to duplicate what was then brewing in the city of Baltimore.
There is a passing allusion at the end by a pro-abortion legal defense fund that such laws are no doubt constitutional. Well, in fact, Baltimore’s anti-pregnancy law was overturned in January by federal judge Marvin J. Garbis.
Montgomery County, Maryland’s City Council passed a kindred law. In March Judge Deborah Chasanow enjoined the Council from enforcing a part of Resolution No. 16-1252, passed February 1, 2010, until all the legal issues in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County are resolved.
Adding urgency to the case is that the Montgomery County law would fine violators $500 for the first day, and $750 for each day thereafter.
That didn’t prevent the New York City Council from passing a similar law which is also being challenged in court.
The bottom line comes in the stirring opinion handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis. Garbis overturned the city of Baltimore’s law, which the Baltimore Sun said was introduced “at the behest of Planned Parenthood, a pro-choice organization that hopes the Baltimore legislation will serve as a model for a national effort.” Judge Garbis wrote,
“The Court holds that the Ordinance violates the Freedom of Speech Clause of Article I of the Constitution of the United States and is unenforceable. Whether a provider of pregnancy-related services is ‘pro-life’ or ‘pro-choice,’ it is for the provider –– not the government –– to decide when and how to discuss abortion and birth-control methods.”