On Behalf of Three National Medical Assoc., The Law of Life Project's Attorneys File a 'Friend of the Court' Brief in Support of the First Amendment Rights of New York City Pregnancy Resource Centers
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the case against a New York City law intended to deter women from seeking help at New York City Pregnancy Resource Centers.
Contact: Samuel B. Casey, 703-624-4092
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project (LOLP) stood firmly behind the rights of New York City pregnancy resource centers to continue their life saving work by filing a friend of the court brief in the case against New York City's unnecessary and unconstitutional requirements to post various notices intended by friends of the abortion industry to confuse, discourage or deter women from receiving the valuable free care and counsel a PRC has to offer. The constitutionality of the law is currently being determined in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit after July 13, 2011 ruling in which a federal court decided the City of New York had overstepped its authority by imposing its unconstitutional and discriminatory regulation against New York City's numerous pregnancy resource centers.
"Pregnancy centers, who voluntarily offer real help and hope to women without charge, shouldn't be and don't need to be told by the government how to care for women," said LOLP's General Counsel Sam Casey. "We filed a 'friend of the court' brief today on behalf of thousands of doctors advising the court that pregnancy centers generally provide valuable, scientifically supportable information regarding the medical risks of induced abortion that is vital for a fully informed decision whether to terminate or continue a pregnancy to term that is not always available from an abortion provider."
In New York City, the City Council attempted to justify their extreme measure by pointing to "investigative reports" published by pro-abortion proponents to argue that PRC's were giving false information regarding the potential health risks of abortion. The Law of Life Project's friend of the court brief, filed on behalf of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Catholic Medical Association, and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, examines the scientific evidence and the informed consent requirements surrounding the links between abortion and future mental and physical health problems explaining why a growing number of states actually require abortion providers to disclose the same information about potential health risks related to induced abortion.
Click here for a copy of LOLP's friend of the court brief filed today. Other 'friends of the court' briefs filed in support of the good work done by pregnancy centers, affirming the constitutional correctness of the decision below or showing the lack of reliable evidence to support the City of New York's unconstitutional ordinance being challenged in this case, include briefs filed by prominent law professors, a social scientist, the Justice & Freedom Fund, and the three national organizations (Care Net, Heartbeat Int'l. & NIFLA) representing our nation's more than 2300 pregnancy resource centers.
JUBILEE CAMPAIGN'S LAW OF LIFE PROJECT IS A PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO LEGALLY DEFENDING IN ALL LEGAL FORA THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN BEING FROM BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTION UNTIL NATURAL DEATH IN ALL MATTERS WORLDWIDE, INCLUDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF PREGRANCY RESOURCE CENTERS AND HEALTHCARE RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE WHEREVER SUCH A DEFENSE IS REQUIRED. JUBILEE CAMPAIGN IS AN INTERNATIONAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO BE A "VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS" PROMOTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL, PARTICULARLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF ANY AGE IN COUNTRIES WHICH IMPRISON, TERRORIZE OR OTHERWISE OPPRESS THEM.