The Archdiocese of Baltimore is suing the city in response to a law requiring anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” to state up front that they do not refer women for birth control or abortion. They do not refer women for birth control or abortion. But they do not want to make that clear to potential clients.
Thomas J. Schetelich, chairman of the board for the Center for Pregnancy Concerns is quoted as
Frankly, we would expect our city government to be supporting our sacrificial efforts rather than trying to hinder… We’re disappointed that our stand for life draws opposition.
No, Sir, your misleading advertising is what’s drawing opposition. The Archdiocese is arguing that the ordinance violates the rights of church members to freedom of speech and religion. I thought “Thou shalt not bear false witness” was a component of Christianity.
Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check made a great point:
I find this very, very strange! Because the anti-choice movement in the United States has been whistling while it works assiduously to pass laws in state after state restricting the freedom and compelling the speech–and the actions–of medical doctors, nurses, and clinic personnel in regard to the medically safe, legal procedure called abortion.
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien said the law, which took effect in January, “is hurting the good people volunteering and giving so much of their resources to come to the help of pregnant women.” Anti-choice liars are so oppressed! Their practice of their religion requires them to mislead and deceive pregnant women in crisis! Won’t someone think of the Catholic Church?!