CASEAustin LifeCare v. City of Austin

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In 2010, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance specifically to restrict the operations of pro-life centers that help women choose birth but that do not promote abortion. The ordinance required centers such as LifeCare to display multiple signs at the entrance of the center before any staff had a chance to talk to women—signs that state that the center does not provide practices such as abortions. The ordinance imposed severe fines for failure to post the signs. Facing a lawsuit, the city later revised the ordinance, but it continued to require pro-life centers to post negative signs simply because the centers speak to women about pregnancy while the city effectively exempted abortion facilities. Under the ordinance, pro-life centers that don’t offer medical services must post negative signs even if the centers don’t claim they are medical. Pro-life centers like LifeCare that do have part-time, licensed doctors supervising ultrasounds must still post a sign declaring that the facility is not licensed to offer ultrasounds—even though there is no such thing as a facility license to perform ultrasounds, and, therefore, centers cannot obtain such licenses.
News Releases

Court strikes down Austin, Texas anti-pregnancy care law

Sanctity of Life

Court strikes down Austin, Texas anti-pregnancy care law

ADF official comment

Jun 23, 2014 Read More

Austin renews attack on pro-life centers

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Austin renews attack on pro-life centers

ADF, allies seek new court order after city’s decision to replace one bad law with another

Feb 01, 2012 Read More

Signs of hope in Austin: City reconsiders law regulating pro-life centers

Sanctity of Life

Signs of hope in Austin: City reconsiders law regulating pro-life centers

City agrees that centers need not post required signs in wake of lawsuit

Nov 14, 2011 Read More

Austin ordinance forces pregnancy resource centers to highlight abortion

Sanctity of Life

Austin ordinance forces pregnancy resource centers to highlight abortion

ADF, allied groups challenge law that requires pro-life centers  to post signs designed to deter women

Oct 06, 2011 Read More
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Permanent injunction, findings of fact, and conclusions of law Jun 23 2014
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Motion for temporary restraining order Feb 01 2012
Trial Court
Amended complaint Jan 31 2012
Trial Court
Amended motion for preliminary injunction Jan 31 2012

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