Judge blocks law on crisis pregnancy centers

NEW YORK - (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred New YorkCity from enforcing a new law that would require crisis pregnancycenters to disclose specific information about their services.

The law would have required such centers to detail whether theyprovided abortions or emergency contraception, and whether they hada licensed medical provider on-site. The law was to go into effecton Thursday.

City Council enacted the law in March, saying it was a matter ofconsumer protection and truth in advertising. But opponents arguedthat it violated free speech rights and was motivated chiefly bypolitics.

In his ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III wrote that the city'sdefinition of commercial speech was too broad.

City officials are expected to appeal the decision.

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