2Brigid’s Roman Catholic Congregation, Inc. (“St.Brigid’s”). The CENTER will not, for religious reasons,provide or refer for abortions or specific methods ofbirth-control that are contrary to the views of theCatholic Church.
On December 4, 2009, the City of Baltimore enactedOrdinance 09-252 (the “Ordinance”).
The Ordinance isdirected toward any organization
that provides informationabout pregnancy-related services but does not provide orrefer for abortions or certain types of birth-controlservices. Under the Ordinance, such an organization –referred to as a “limited-service pregnancy center” - mustpost a conspicuous sign in its waiting room notifying itsclients that the center “does not provide or make referralfor abortion or birth-control services.”
As discussed herein, the Court holds that the Ordinanceviolates the Freedom of Speech Clause of Article I of theConstitution of the United States and is unenforceable. Whether
Each employee of the CENTER must sign a statement affirminghis or her Christian faith and the belief that abortion isimmoral.
§§ 3-501 to 3-506 (2010).
Whose primary purpose is to provide pregnancy relatedservices.
Id. at § 3-502(A).
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