Also, car dealerships must post signs saying that they don't sell motorcycles, hardware stores must post that they don't sell condoms, grocery stores must post that they don't sell marijuana, and dentists must post signs saying they don't do brain surgery. All of those make as much sense as the new Baltimore law that forces crisis pregnancy centers to post that they do not perform abortions. Yet that is exactly what the law requires. From CNS News:Baltimore Law Aims to Undermine Charitable Work of Pregnancy Resource Centers, Say Pro-life Activists
A bill passed by the Baltimore City Council in November and signed into law on Dec. 4 will require pregnancy resource centers operating within the city to post signs stating what services the facilities do not offer. Signs -- to be posted outside the centers -- must state that they do not provide or give referrals for abortion or contraceptives.
Pro-life activists say this is the first time in the United States that a nonprofit service provider has been required to post such signage. They believe the law is intended to undermine their efforts to help women make an informed decision about an unplanned pregnancy. The signs will turn more women to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, they say.
"The passage of this piece of legislation may serve as serious encouragement to those who would like to see our organizations saddled with more laws and restrictions," Carol Clews, executive director of the Center for Pregnancy Concerns in Baltimore, told the Baltimore Sun after the council passed the bill by a 12-3 vote in November.
"I cannot think of a single situation where a non-profit organization or for-profit business is required to post a sign that states what it does not do," Peggy Harnshorn, president of Heartbeat International said in a statement submitted at a hearing held prior to the vote on the bill.
The strategy here is clear - regulate crisis pregnancy centers into oblivion. Think this can't happen in Michigan? Think again.
Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on June 25, 2009, to require a "crisis pregnancy" organization, defined as a non-profit organization that provides services and counseling to women with unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, to give women a "medically accurate and objective explanation of the full range of options, including abortion, parenting, and adoption".
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 25, 2009.
Reported in the House on September 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
House Bill 5158 would create a new act. Specifically, the bill would define a "crisis pregnancy organization" as a nongovernmental, not-for-profit agency or organization that provides services and counseling to women who have unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. The new act would require an employee, volunteer, or other person affiliated with an organization to provide a pregnant woman with medically accurate information.
"Medically accurate" would mean material verified or supported by research conducted in compliance with scientific methods and published in peer-review journals, where appropriate, and recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.
In response to an inquiry by a pregnant woman regarding pregnancy termination, the location of pregnancy termination services, or birth control information, a crisis pregnancy organization that did not provide such information would have to inform her, orally or in writing, that the organization did not provide information that would lead to a pregnancy termination, location of pregnancy termination services, or birth control information.
Further, the organization would have to distribute the prenatal care and parenting pamphlet prepared by the Department of Community Health.
Not exactly the same as a sign outside the facility, but it has a similar effect, no? I'm sure if I were to search around, I would find such efforts in most of the 50 states. Almost as if there were a council of ghouls out there thinking up of new ways to perpetrate evil.
Maybe we should demand Lansing post a sign in front of the Capitol building: we don't solve problems, we only create them