By: Joe Newby
So much for the First Amendment and freedom of religion. If Democrats in Hawaii have their way, churches and pro-life crisis pregnancy centers will be forced to promote abortion.
According to the Washington Times:
In a 22-3 vote, the state’s Democrat-controlled Senate approved SB 501, which would direct “all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services.”
For the Rev. Derald Skinner, pastor at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, that would mean putting a sign advertising abortion in his church.
“They want to mandate all pro-life centers to put an abortion referral sign in our reception areas,” Mr. Skinner said in a video published to the church’s Vimeo account. “Now our particular pro-life center is in our church. So it’s very important to realize that they are dictating to us what we can and cannot say. Will they give me my sermon next and tell me what I can preach?”
Here’s that video:
A companion bill is expected to pass in Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled House, the Times said.
Two other states — California and Illinois — have similar laws and, the Times reported, the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the California law.
The Times added:
Thomas Glessner, an attorney who heads the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, said he is working with the Alliance Defending Freedom to bring the case before the Supreme Court. He said the legislation is an “egregious violation of religious freedom.”
“The Hawaii effort to suppress free speech is especially concerning because one of the state’s pro-life centers is housed in a church — which means the church itself would be forced to refer for abortions,” Mr. Glessner said in a statement.
Naturally, Planned Parenthood supports the measure.
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