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10 April 2010 @ 12:42 pm
yay austin!  
I'd like to take a moment to brag on my City Council. As of Thursday, we are the second US city (after Baltimore) to require crisis pregnancy centers to post notices at their entrances if they do not offer or refer women to abortion or contraception.

The anti-choicers are of course up in arms and talking about unconstitutional infringements on free speech, but I don't see how this is any more unconstitutional than requiring food manufacturers to print ingredients and nutrition information.

Notices must be at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches large, with at least 48-pt font, in both English and Spanish. They must say, "This center does not provide abortions or refer to abortion providers. This center does not provide or refer to providers of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved birth control drugs and medical devices."

The measure passed unanimously.
equiraptorequiraptor on April 10th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I understand why this is such a big deal to them, but I don't understand why this is such a big deal to them.

That doesn't make any sense. But maybe it does.

Go Austin! I want to move back home.
burgundyburgundy on April 10th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
This is the same City Council that added gender identity to the City's anti-discrimination policies and directed the City Manager to set up a benefit equivalent to federal COBRA benefits for domestic partners of City employees.
Infinity Goddessinfinitygoddess on April 10th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Some people, it seems, need to realize that free speech does not mean that one should be allowed to falsely advertise or neglect to mention what services they actually provide.

At any rate, it's good to see that Austin is standing up to the CPCs and not letting them get away with such deceptions.
lauriemannlauriemann on April 10th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Wow. As down as I've been on Texas being in the thrall of the fundies, I love that so many people in Austin aren't standing for it.
Persephonebluedragonflye on April 10th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I've often heard that Austin is awesome that way. :)
Etched with marks but I can dealfinding_helena on April 10th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, nobody is restricting their free speech, they're just ensuring it also contains the TRUTH.

Good for Austin.
The Great Ideas Fairyscorpi084 on April 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Truth in advertising, FTW!