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October 14, 2015

Pregnancy Clinics Sue to Block Calif. Law on Abortion Information

Two faith-affiliated crisis-pregnancy centers in California have filed a court challenge against a new state law mandating that such facilities inform patients about abortion and contraceptive services available from other providers, The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times report.

The suit, filed Saturday by conservative legal nonprofit the Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of clinics in Marysville and Redding, seeks an injunction to block enforcement of the measure. The law, signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown and set to take effect Jan. 1, requires licensed reproductive-health clinics to notify patients of programs to help them access affordable family planning, abortion services, and prenatal care.

Sponsors and abortion-rights groups contend the measure is necessary to counter misinformation disseminated by clinics run by anti-abortion organizations. Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, called it an "egregious violation" of the clinics' freedom of speech and religious exercise.