Sunday, June 08, 2014

Supreme Court Review Sought In NY Pregnancy Service Center Case

On Friday, the American Center for Law and Justice filed a petition for certiorari (full text) with the U.S. Supreme Court in Evergreen Association, Inc. v. City of New York.  In the case, the 2nd Circuit upheld a portion of a New York City ordinance requiring pregnancy service centers to make certain disclosures to potential clients in waiting rooms, in advertisements and in telephone conversations.  The Second Circuit in its Jan. 17, 2014 opinion (full text) upheld (by a 2-1 vote) the requirement to disclose whether or not there is a licensed medical provider on staff. The circuit court unanimously struck down the requirements to disclose whether or not the center provides or refers out for abortion, emergency contraception and prenatal care, and a requirement to disclose that the New York health department encourages women who may be pregnant to consult a licensed medical provider.