Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Hawaii no longer have to advertise state-funded abortion options to clients, thanks to a ruling from a federal district court.
In 2017, A Place for Women in Waipio, which was housed in Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor’s building, challenged the constitutionality of Act 200 that required pregnancy support centers to advise its clients of the state’s program to provide abortion referrals and funding.
However, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s NIFLA v. Becerra ruling in June, which struck down a similar California law as unconstitutional compelled speech under the First Amendment, the parties stipulated that Act 200 was similarly flawed and the judge issued a permanent injunction against its enforcement.
“Hawaii’s law was particularly egregious,” said NIFLA President Thomas Glessner. “Not only did it force pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion, it also compelled a church to promote abortion inside its building . . . This case constitutes a major victory for free speech and freedom of religion.”
Said Stacey Jimenez, executive director of A Place for Women in Waipio, “It was such a relief. The Constitution still matters. Now we can continue the mission God has given us without fear of these laws. We can keep serving the people who come to us for help without violating our conscience.”
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