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"Crisis Pregnancy Center" Legislation
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Baltimore City & Montgomery County filed a request for the 4th Circuit Court to hear the case en banc-- so that all active judges will hear it, instead of just the three that originally ruled on the case. The court has accepted Baltimore's request and oral arguments were heard on December 6, 2012. We are currently waiting for the court's decision.
In the previous 2-1 decision, the three judge panel was divided. The majority (Judges Niemeyer and Agee) sided with the CPCs, while Judge King likened the proceedings to a "kangaroo court" and said that the majority "decision is, in a word, indefensible."
We continue to work with the city and county councils and will keep this page updated as new information becomes available.
In case you missed how we got here, below is a timeline of events:
Investigation: Our first investigation of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (Read it here.)
Investigation: We conduct a second, in-depth investigation of CPCs. (The Truth Reveled Report)
Legislation: Working with the Baltimore City Council, we help pass Ordinance 09-0406, making Baltimore city the first place in the country to ask CPCs to disclose the truth about their practices.
Litigation: CPCs challenge the ordinance in court in order to avoid being honest about their services, and the ordinance is not enforced, pending the court's decision.
Legislation: Following the example of Baltimore City, Montgomery County, MD, passes Resolution 16-1252, a similar regulation on pregnancy centers.
Litigation: CPCs challenge the Montgomery legislation. In Baltimore, a district court sides with CPCs. Baltimore City appeals the ruling.
Litigation: A district court sides partially with Montgomery County and partially with CPCs. The decision is appealed.
Investigation: We map out locations of as many CPCs as we can find in Maryland. (Is there a CPC in your neighborhood?)
Litigation: A three judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules 2-1 in favor of CPCs in both Baltimore City and Montgomery County, MD. Baltimore and Montgomery file to have the case heard en banc so that the entire court will hear the case. The court accepts Baltimore's request and oral arguments are heard on December 6, 2012.