HONOLULU, Hawaii — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has struck down a law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers in Hawaii to post information about government contraception and abortion programs, simply pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a similar statute.
“In light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Nat’l Inst. of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra, and the parties’ stipulation for entry of permanent injunction and final judgment in favor of plaintiffs, it is hereby ordered … that Hawaii revised statutes § 321-561(b)-(c) [are] declared to be unconstitutional under the United States Constitution as-applied to plaintiffs with respect to plaintiffs’ First Amendment free speech claim,” wrote U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in a short three-page decision on Thursday.
As previously reported, A Place for Women Pregnancy Care Center and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates filed suit in July to challenge S.B. 501, a bill that required all “limited service” pregnancy centers to post or distribute a notice that read in part:
“Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, including, but not limited to, all FDA-approved methods of contraception and pregnancy-related services for eligible women. To apply online for medical insurance coverage, that will cover the full range of family planning and prenatal services, go to [website].”
Pregnancy centers were required to include the web address and phone number where women may obtain such assistance.
While the bill,
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