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Expectant Mother Care Pregnancy Centers v. City of New York

Expectant Mother Care Pregnancy Centers v. City of New York

Federal court challenge to a New York City ordinance that regulates information provided by crisis pregnancy centers. The suit was brought by several crisis pregnancy centers that operate facilities in New York City. In July 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the city ordinance. The city appealed that ruling. In January 2014, a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a portion of the lower court’s injunction and reinstated the portion of the law requiring CPCs to disclose whether a licensed medical provider is working at the facility. The Court of Appeals left in place the remainder of the lower court’s injunction. Plaintiffs petitioned the 2nd Circuit for a rehearing or, in the alternative, a hearing en banc regarding the portion of the law that was upheld. The 2nd Circuit denied the request for rehearing but granted Plaintiffs’ request for a stay pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Plaintiffs appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Final Outcome: The U.S. Supreme Court declined the case allowing the 2nd Circuit’s ruling to stand, and the law requiring CPCs to disclose whether a licensed medical provider is working at the facility is in effect. (See the ordinance here. See the opinion here. See the 2nd Circuit opinion here. Read more about the case here.)