City of Oakland, CA gave carte blanche to speech that encourages abortion, while punishing speech that suggests alternatives. Chicago does, too!

“Lawyers for the City of Oakland encountered tough questioning from Ninth Circuit justices Marsha Berzon and Stephen Reinhardt during oral argument on Pastor Walter Hoye’s challenge to the constitutionality of the City’s ‘Mother May I’ law restricting sidewalk counseling,” said Life Legal Defense Foundation, which represents Hoye, in a statement following the hearing. “The City’s forthright admission that the City interpreted the law as not applying to clinic escorts ‘facilitating access’ to abortion clinics met with raised eyebrows. But the City’s further suggestion that the law didn’t apply to anything but speech intended to discourage women from having abortions brought sharp rebukes from the justices.”

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