Calif. Must Pay Nearly $400k after Losing Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Lawsuit

‘Pro-life pregnancy centers will no longer be compelled to speak a message that goes against their mission to save the lives of babies and women…’

California Forced to Pay $400k in Legal Fees after Losing Abortion Lawsuit

Birth Choice of the Desert is one of the Christian-based crisis pregnancy centers that California tried to force to advertise abortion under the Reproductive FACT Act. / IMAGE: Birth Choice via Youtube

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A California district court said the state has to reimburse Liberty Counsel for $399,000 in legal fees after the group successfully challenged a law that forced pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of California ruled last October that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra could not enforce the Reproductive FACT Act.

The district courts passed down the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the Reproductive FACT Act was unconstitutional, according to Liberty Counsel.

“This is a great victory for children, mothers, and families,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Faith-based pro-life pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote human genocide.”

Liberty Counsel represents three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that challenge the state’s forced speech law: Mountain Right to Life, His Nesting Place and Birth Choice of the Desert.

The Supreme Court ruling involved a different pro-life organization, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.

They all offer Christian counseling, financial assistance and choices for mothers other than abortion.

The Reproductive FACT Act required these pro-life centers to place “the abortion message on their front door, in their waiting room, online and in every advertisement.”

Under the law, the organizations would have had to advertise abortion in at least 48-point font and in 13 different languages.

Failure to comply with these regulations would result in a $500 fine for the first violation and a $1,000 fine for each violation thereafter.

“Pro-life pregnancy centers will no longer be compelled to speak a message that goes against their mission to save the lives of babies and women,” Staver said. “The law violated freedom of speech. The First Amendment protects the right to speak and the right not to speak.”