Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had earlier signaled that he supported the measure, said anyone who doesn't like the law is free to sue. He said he believes in a woman's right to choose.The law was due to take effect tomorrow. Anti-abortion groups took Bloomberg up on that offer to sue and today, they won an injunction:
"I sign the bill with a conscience, clear conscience that it is providing information and it is not taking sides," Bloomberg said.
The new law, scheduled to take effect Thursday, poses a significant threat to abortion opponents’ First Amendment rights, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said in a sweeping 22-page ruling Wednesday that imposed a preliminary injunction.Yeah those city lawmakers, caring about the women of their city not being deceived by misleading advertising and questionable business practices. Those nasty legislators saying you had to be honest about the services you provide in their city (since you weren't willing to be upfront yourselves). How terrible of them. Really.
Opponents of abortions rights, who run many of these centers, said requiring them to post a sign about abortions in their facilities violates their free-speech rights.
“We’re absolutely, completely vindicated” by the judge’s ruling, said Chris Slattery, president of Expectant Mother Care Frontline Pregnancy Centers, one of the plaintiffs in the case.
Slattery called the law a “gross violation of the first amendment.” He criticized city lawmakers, who he alleged “could care less about the First Amendment rights of the citizens who advocate life.”