Ventriloquists at Work: Hartford Goes After Pro-life Pregnancy Help Center

This is a ventriloquist’s dummy. You can make it say anything you want.

Wikimedia Commons photo of Charlie McCarthy doll with case
“Charlie McCarthy.” Wikimedia Commons photo  

This is a pregnancy help center. The Hartford, Connecticut City Council is trying to treat it like a dummy.

St. Gerard's Center for Life, Hartford CT
St. Gerard’s Center for Life/Hartford Women’s Center, Hartford, Connecticut. (Facebook photo)

A newly-passed Hartford ordinance would require the Hartford Women’s Center, operated by St. Gerard’s Center for Life, to post certain language to address the fears of abortion advocates who think deception is at the core of what the HWC does.

The Hartford Councilors are not the only ventriloquist wannabes out there, just the latest.

A California law seeks to force pro-life pregnancy help centers to promote state-funded abortions via signage inside the centers. That one’s been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

The Hartford ordinance passed 7-2 on December 11, a few weeks after a packed-house public hearing. The seven city councilors who voted “yes” had an eye on California case, though. Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut notes,

…in a last-minute change, the Hartford City Council altered the ordinance so that it goes into effect next July, instead of the original language which had it going into effect 30 days from its passage.

Why next July? Because the Supreme Court’s term – presumably including a decision on the California law – wraps up at the end of June.

Read my post at DaTechGuy blog about the Hartford and California cases and the Family Institute of Connecticut’s statement on the recent Hartford City Council vote