As if California didn't have enough of a problem with the statewide drought. Now she is being forced to wave goodbye to her freedom of speech...and most residents might not even know about it.
Freedom of speech isn't just about what you're allowed to say. It's also about what you're *not forced to say*--as in, we don't have to pledge allegiance to a leader (i.e., "Heil Hitler") or profess to believe something we really don't. That's the beauty of America. At least it was...
Just this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that forces Pro-Life pregnancy centers to tell women how to find an inexpensive abortion. They *have* to--otherwise they'll be fined. That's like telling Starbucks they have to tell each customer that the gas station across the street sells coffee cheaper. Or every Christian church that they also have to tell people about the mosque down the block.
The entire reason the pro-life pregnancy centers exist is to help women feel empowered to give life to their babies. Not to abort them. But now they are forced to go against their very mission and conscience or be fined.
And you can imagine who was behind the bill: TheChristians.com shares, "Gov. Brown's signature comes just a day after the influential San Jose Mercury News ran an op-ed from NARAL Pro-Choice America, a major backer of the bill."
The motivation? Money. Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. and president of Heartbeat International, says, "This bill is nothing short of a state-sponsored attack on women by the highly profitable abortion industry. Women desperately need emotional support and practical resources during an unexpected pregnancy. Gov. Brown has made it more difficult for women to find the help they need to make the healthiest decision for everyone involved in an unexpected pregnancy."
What's even more disconcerting is the thought of a domino effect: both in the nature of what other things people will be forced to say and how this might spread to other states.
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