The following comes from a November 17 email from the Pacific Justice Institute:
Sacramento, CA—Attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute are asking a federal court to block implementation of a law that would force pro-life pregnancy clinics to point women toward abortion.
Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 775, which would require pro-life clinics to tell women about the availability of free or low-cost abortions. Pacific Justice Institute filed suit within 24 hours on behalf of three clinics across the state who believe in the sanctity of life and are morally opposed to abortion. On Friday, the institute filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction asking the court to prevent the law from going into effect on January 1, 2016.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “It is imperative that we stop the government from forcing people of conscience to advocate messages to which they are morally and religiously opposed. If the government can do this, none of our First Amendment freedoms are secure.”
The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Oral arguments are scheduled for December 18 at 10 a.m. before Judge Kimberly Mueller.