In re: Pregnancy Center Disclosures (Bill S.2264-Hoylman/A.2352-Glick)

Bill S.2264-Hoylman/A.2352-Glick would compel crisis pregnancy centers to make certain disclosures to prospective clients. Specifically, the bill would require crisis pregnancy centers—“upon first communication or first contact” with prospective clients—to disclose that they do not provide abortion or birth control services or make referrals for such services. The legislation would allow anyone who believes that a crisis pregnancy center has failed to communicate the mandated disclosure to complain to the State of New York; that complaint, in turn, would trigger an investigation by the New York State Department of Health. Violators would be fined.

In addition to being heavy-handed and unnecessary, the legislation would be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge on First Amendment grounds.