Baltimore, Md., Jan 5, 2018 / 16:56 pm
An appellate court struck down a Baltimore city ordinance Friday, ruling that the city's pro-life pregnancy centers would not be forced to display in their waiting areas information relating to abortion services.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' Jan. 5 decision, a victory for Baltimore's pregnancy centers, was a unanimous 3-0.
Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc., a pro-life pregnancy center in Baltimore, along with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Congregation, Inc., sued the city of Baltimore in March 2010 after a city ordinance was passed the previous year which required it and other organizations promoting alternatives to abortion to post signs in their waiting room saying that they do not perform abortions and will not refer patients out for an abortion.
The ordinance only applied to "limited-service pregnancy center(s)" that do not provide abortion or birth control.