Liberals keep rushing to defend Islam and promote “diversity” but that famed tolerance is rarely extended to Christians. Hawaii is considering legislation that would force pro-life clinics and churches in the state to advocate for abortions.
SB 501 was already approved by the state Senate. The bill orders “all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services.”
If enacted, the innocuous-sounding words would be used to compel adamant pro-lifers into promoting abortion. Dozens of local churches and small clinics advise pregnant women. Under the new law, those centers would have to prominently advertise abortion services.
Liberals squawk whenever the government involves itself in Planned Parenthood’s management, but apparently they’re willing to stomp on the free speech and first amendment rights of conservatives. Women who choose to discuss their pregnancies with their religious leader presumably know their church’s stance on abortion. A woman who is determined to terminate her pregnancy has options open to her. She can easily avoid religious or pro-life treatment centers.
“They want to mandate all pro-life centers to put an abortion referral sign in our reception areas,” Rev. Derald Skinner complained in a video published on Vimeo. “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?”
California and Illinois have already enacted similar versions of the controversial bill. Experts believe that cases regarding the bill will ultimately land before the Supreme Court. It’s an obvious infringement on religious freedom. Planned Parenthood isn’t required to decorate its offices with posters detailing the joys of being a mother. So why should Rev. Skinner’s church be forced into promoting the viability of abortion?
The issue is not about the morality of abortion. The law is unconstitutional regardless of one’s personal opinions. The bill Hawaii is considering threatens civil liberties. Churches and activist groups should be free to preach whatever they like.
The proposed legislation requires that all pregnancy centers hang a conspicuous sign reading: “Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services including all FDA-approved methods of contraception, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the appropriate Med-QUEST division eligibility office.”
The sign must be “eight and one-half inches by eleven inches, written in no less than twenty-two point type, and posted in a clear and conspicuous place within the center’s waiting area so that it may be easily read by individuals seeking services from the center.”
Pro-life centers will also be required to give every patient a flyer detailing the same information.
It’s a blatant affront to Christianity. For many people, the decision to be pro-life isn’t a trifling one. Abortion is equivalent to murder in the minds of millions of people. Forcing those people to advertise a process which they deem to be abhorrent is unethical.
Because Christians suffer quietly, liberal society has deemed that they’re perfect target. They can’t risk offending Muslims because Muhammad ordered his followers to kill the infidel and defend their faith with their swords.
Jesus meanwhile advocated that his flock turn the other cheek. Christians glory in being meek and mild, in forgiving those who trespass against them.
“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,” said Thomas Glessner, an attorney who heads the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.
Hawaii is a deeply blue state governed almost entirely by Democrats. Despite the legitimate concerns of the right, the state is expected to approve the controversial bill.
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii have both voiced their support.
“Anyone seeking health care should receive comprehensive, accurate, unbiased information in a confidential setting,” PPVN said. “Reproductive health care is no different.”
Planned Parenthood’s defense for trampling over religious rights is the spurious claim that religion centers offer “biased, misleading, and false” information. It’s the same claim that many pro-lifers would level at the abortion company.
According to the Washington Times: “Pro-life pregnancy centers and churches that refuse to comply with the order would be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each subsequent one.”
Conservatives face a tough battle. President Trump’s election was just the first step. Many liberal states are preparing to defy Washington on matters ranging from immigration to health care. The left lost so soundly in November’s election that they’re desperate to reinvigorate their base.
Conservatives must remain willing to fight for their rights. Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to force pro-lifers into promoting abortion.