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Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

Crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic leaders filed a lawsuit against a Baltimore City Council ordinance that required crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they provided emergency contraception or abortion services. In January 2011, the U.S. District Court issued an injunction against application of the ordinance. In June 2012, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's opinion. In August 2012, the Fourth Circuit agreed to rehear the case. Current Status: In July 2013, the Fourth Circuit held that the district court erred by entering a permanent injunction blocking application of the law. (See the law here. See the court opinion here. See the Fourth Circuit opinion here.)