WASHINGTON — A pro-life pregnancy center in California has submitted a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in asking that it take up a case involving a San Francisco rule aimed at pregnancy centers that bans so-called “false advertising” about their services.
The Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance was introduced in the city in 2011 “to prohibit limited services pregnancy centers from making false or misleading statements to the public about pregnancy-related services the centers offer or perform.”
Limited service pregnancy centers are those that do not provide or refer for abortions, nor do they offer contraceptives. They do offer, however, free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, baby clothes, diapers and formula, as well as referrals for help with housing and finances, in addition to counseling at no charge.
The organization Support Circle, then known as First Resort, filed suit against the ordinance the following year out of concern over how the law might be enforced after engaging in communication with city officials. Support Circle has three locations: one in San Francisco, one in Redwood City and one in Oakland.
It noted that there has never been a case where someone has confused the organization with an abortion facility, and opined that the law is one-sided in that it does not hold abortion facilities to the same standard as they often do not provide adoption referrals.
“There has been no testimony, documentation, no affidavits of any woman, any service, someone seeking service who has been misled.
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