Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Challenge Law Requiring Posting of Info About Govt Contraception, Abortion Programs

– July 14, 2017

HONOLULU, Hawaii — A church that operates a pro-life pregnancy center and an organization that operates a chain of pregnancy centers have filed suit to challenge a new Hawaii law that they believe wrongfully forces them to provide advertising for government abortion and contraception coverage programs against their conscience, purpose and mission.

A Place for Women Pregnancy Care Center and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates is challenging S.B. 501, which requires all “limited service” pregnancy centers to post or distribute a notice that reads in part:

“Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, including, but not limited to, all FDA-approved methods of contraception and pregnancy-related services for eligible women. To apply online for medical insurance coverage, that will cover the full range of family planning and prenatal services, go to [website].”

The notice must include the web address and phone number where women may obtain such assistance.