Lawmakers and attorneys general should know that it’s illegal to target individuals and organizations based on religious beliefs.
Apparently New Jersey’s attorney general, Matthew Platkin, does not know. Alliance Defending Freedom said that he is targeting and harassing First Choice Women’s Resource Centers for their pro-life views.
The pregnancy center, in the business of saving unborn lives, provides free ultrasounds, testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, clothes for babies, and other services.
Alliance Defending Freedom (AFL) filed a lawsuit against AG Platkin on behalf of First Choice Women’s Resource Centers.
According to the complaint (PDF), the attorney general issued a subpoena demanding that First Choice Women’s Resource Centers produce documents “under the pretense of conducting a civil investigation into possible violations of the ‘New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act’…relating to the Ministry’s handling of patient data and statements about the lawful practice of Abortion Pill Reversal.”
AFL contends in the complaint that the attorney general “has never cited any complaint or other substantive evidence of wrongdoing to justify his demands…”
A lower court dismissed First Choice Women’s Resource Centers’ complaint. The pregnancy center recently filed a notice to appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The non-profit also filed a motion for injunction pending appeal.
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