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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Anti-abortion pregnancy center sues MoCo

By Washington Post editors

An anti-abortion pregnancy center has sued Montgomery County over a law requiring it to post information about the care it provides, The Gazette reports.

Centro Tepeyac Women's Center in Silver Spring believes the law is unconstitutional, said the center's lead attorney Casey Mattox. Mattox, with the Alliance Defense Fund, said the law restricts freedom of speech.

Under the law, pregnancy centers that do not provide abortions or do not provide referrals to abortion clinics are required to post disclaimers stating the center "does not have a licensed medical professional on staff" and the "Montgomery County Health Officer encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed health care provider."

Supporters of the law, which passed in February, say it helps caution women that information they receive at "limited-service pregnancy centers" might not be accurate.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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The law is not un-Constitutional. It's a consumer awareness law. What are they afraid of? Move your clinic to Utah.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the law goes far enough. these anti-abortion centers should also be forced to have giant inflatable gorrilia's on their roof's holding banners that say "we are insane right-wing xtians bent on forcing our narrowminded cultish interpretation of Christianity onto the world because we dont half believe our own stupid dogma ourselves."

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 21, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this center is objecting to the requirement for "truth in advertising" says all that needs to be said about its true "morality." These centers rely on trickery to lure women in at a very emotionally stressful point in their lives, and the objection to openness about what they do is a clear admission of that fact.

Posted by: alert4jsw | May 21, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse


And these are the same people out there spewing that PLANNED PARENTHOOD People are out there snatching pregnant women off the streets and forcing them to have abortions.

If you are holding yourself out there as a Women's Health Center then you should be required to SHOW what HEALTH servces you offer and by who.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 21, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Hope MoCo files a countersuit against the SOB's !!I'm sending another $100 to NARAL today!!

Posted by: lsf07 | May 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I'm a life long Republican. Now you "sub-average intellectual functioning" bible thumpers stay the h%LL out of our lives. Your domain is limited to your own bodies - PERIOD! The cost of bringing in babies by people who don't want them, or even worse, can't afford to raise them, IS DESTROYING mankind.

Posted by: genbarlow | May 21, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Abortion clinics should be forced to advertise their services as well, see how well liked they become then.

Posted by: zcxnissan | May 21, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps a compromise can be reached. Let the current verbiage stand but add similar requirements for abortion clinics that mandate a sign with the following warnings:
1)We do not have licensed counselors on staff, and our counseling is more a sales pitch.
2)We do not provide after-care, medical, mental or emotional. Once we kill your child, we don't know your name.
3) We sell fetal body oarts for profit.

Posted by: katiemac1 | May 22, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

zcxnissan and katiemac1, you've been stricken with misinformation. Abortion providers DO advertise their services and are well-liked and thankfully utilized for the compassionate care that they give.

Further, katiemac1, abortion providers are required to have licensed counselors on staff or provide referrals where cannot provide their own counseling. They must provide after-care. Further, they don't "kill children," at least not in the light of "killing" based on scientific research and medical consensus. Lastly, abortion providers are non-profits, and cannot sell fetal body parts for profit, as this would violate their 501(c)(3) status.


Posted by: thinkthinkthink | May 24, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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