A California Assembly committee has passed a bill that would put Planned Parenthood’s phone number in the pocket of every California student age 12 – 24. The measure requires every student identification card in the state to include the number of “a sexual or reproductive health hotline.”
The California State Assembly Education Committee, controlled by Democrats, has advanced AB 624 to require an abortionist’s phone number on student ID cards at junior high schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. The committee vote late Wednesday sends the bill to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
“AB 624 is a severe attack on free speech, which the Democrat legislators voting for this bad bill hypocritically claim to support,” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, a pro-child, pro-family organization. “But to require an abortionist’s phone number on student ID cards obliterates the free speech of schools and forces unwanted messages on student ID cards.”
He said a sexual or reproductive health hotline” in AB 624 is obvious code for Planned Parenthood abortionists.
Thomasson said that, despite the author agreeing to exempt religious junior high and high schools, religious post-secondary education would still be impacted by the bill’s pro-abortion agenda.
“Religious colleges, universities, and seminaries are in the Democrat politicians’ crosshairs again,” Thomasson said. “Yet AB 624’s blatant violation of religious freedom and free speech (which even liberal politicians remember as ‘separation of church and state’) isn’t allowed in the USA. The 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling NIFLA v. Becerra prohibits government from compelling private organizations to support pro-abortion messages. AB 624 is a bill that should never have been introduced.”
“But neither the U.S. Constitution nor the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court matter to Planned Parenthood abortionists or their bought-and-owned politicians,” Thomasson said. “They want free advertising for new abortion customers as young as 12 years old.”
“This new law would not just apply to the ID cards issued by public middle school, high school, and colleges, but for all private (including Christian) educational institutions as well,” Greg Burt of the California Family Council explains.
Legal experts say the legislation is clearly unconstitutional.
“This is government compelled speech, which targets and burdens religious free exercise, similar to the legislation US Supreme Court smacked down in NIFLA v. Becerra,” explained Attorney Dean Broyles with the National Center for Law and Policy. “The radicals in the California legislature just don’t get it! We still have a First Amendment.”
Broyles is referring to a US Supreme Court decision from last summer, NIFLA v. Becerra, that declared the California Reproductive FACT Act unconstitutional for trying to compel pro-life pregnancy care centers to give their clients information on free abortions. In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy explains his thinking.
The sponsor of the bill, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, receive a Planned Parenthood endorsement and a $4400 campaign contribution.