What could be more tyrannical than not allowing people to say what they want to say? Forcing them to say what they don’t:
Eighteen Illinois women’s health organizations are suing Governor Bruce Rauner over Illinois’ new law forcing pro-life doctors and pregnancy resource centers to discuss abortion benefits and refer pregnant women for abortions despite their conscience-based opposition to abortion. The controversial SB 1564, which amended the Health Care Right of Conscience Act effective January 1, 2017, has left Illinois’ over 90 not-for-profit pregnancy resource centers with little choice but to file suit seeking a judicial determination that the law unconstitutionally abridges their free speech and interferes with their religious beliefs. …
Thomas Olp, Attorney for the Thomas More Society, observed, “This law targets pro-life pregnancy centers, which do not refer for abortion, and whose pro-life mission is to advise clients of alternatives to abortion. The new law requires these pro-life centers, and only them, to discuss ‘benefits’ of abortion with their clients and to name abortion providers upon request.
This defeats the purpose of pro-life pregnancy centers, which exist to help women find alternatives to abortion — thereby incurring the wrath of progressive authoritarians.
The law is blatantly unconstitutional, trampling on the free speech and freedom of religion provisions of the First Amendment. But whether that matters anymore depends on which court hears the case. As noted at American Thinker,
A virtually identical law was passed in California in 2015 and was upheld by none other than the 9th Circus in 2016.
The Ninth Circuit is infamous for basing decisions not on the Constitution, but on the Left’s agenda. Hopefully the Seventh Circuit will reach a more sensible verdict in the Illinois case.
On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.