A pro-life pregnancy center in New London, Connecticut, sued Attorney General William Tong in federal court Tuesday, challenging the state’s “gag rule” on what a 2021 law calls “limited pregnancy resource centers,” alleging such groups may practice “deceptive advertising” by speaking against abortion.
Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeastern Connecticut is challenging the state’s Public Act 21-17, which says: “No limited services pregnancy center, with the intent to perform a pregnancy-related service, shall make or disseminate … any statement concerning any pregnancy-related service or the provision of any pregnancy-related service that is deceptive, whether by statement or omission.”
Care Net in its lawsuit says the law “targets pro-life pregnancy centers by forcing them to comply with state-approved speech or face punishment.”
According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the public-interest law firm representing Care Net, the Connecticut law would allow the attorney general to say the group has engaged in “deceptive advertising” by promoting a pro-life message to women concerned about their pregnancy. Care Net and similar groups would either have to run what the state calls “corrective advertising” or face lawsuits and fines.
The ADF statement said abortion providers that do not provide obstetric services or ultrasound procedures are exempt from the new law.
“Women who become unexpectedly pregnant should be empowered with life-affirming options, emotiona