Can feds stop pro-lifers from being forced to promote abortion?

By Bob Unruh

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The federal government is being asked to rein in state and local demands that pregnancy centers and others promote abortion, even if they have religious objections to the destruction of unborn children.

The dispute popped up in a number of states after pro-abortion state lawmakers and other regulators decided that everyone must promote abortion and set up a requirement that pregnancy care centers do just that.

But that demand, contends the Alliance Defending Freedom, is unconstitutional.

The organization revealed Tuesday it has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the cases in Illinois and Hawaii.

The organization confirmed the federal Church and Weldon amendments do not allow states that receive federal funding “to compel medical personal to operate contrary to their conscience or religious beliefs.”

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It means that if the pro-abortion advertising requirements are enforced, the state cannot have access to federal funding.

Courts already have issued injunctions against the demands that crisis pregnancy centers in Illinois and Hawaii promote Web addresses or telephone numbers of nearby abortionists.

But ADF said the practice needs to be stopped.

“Government officials shouldn’t be allowed to force anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry,” said ADF Legal Counsel Elissa Graves.

“Furthermore, federal law simply doesn’t allow it. States that compel pro-life doctors and staff to act contrary to their conscience do not qualify for federal funds. We have filed these complaints to inform HHS of what is happening so that it can take action.”

In Illinois, cases are being pursued on behalf of Dr. Anthony Caruso and A Bella Baby OBGYN, and Dr. Tina Gingrich and Maryville Women’s Center in Illinois. In Hawaii, it’s on behalf of A Place Click to see the original article