CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS VICTORIOUS AS NY WITHDRAWS SUBPOENAS
NEW YORK, March 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) - Pregnancy Resource Centers across New York proclaimed victory today in light of news that New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, just two weeks after the Centers initiated legal action against him, has decided to withdraw the broad, non-judicial subpoenas his office had served them.
The Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) have maintained that the subpoenas were unfounded. In an historic move two weeks ago, the Centers involved initiated legal action against the NY Attorney General, each filing a motion to quash the subpoena in light of the fact that the Attorney General had not provided any factual basis for his subpoenas. Today’s news was a victory for the Centers involved:
—Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central New York (Utica, Herkimer, Oneida)—Crisis Pregnancy Center of Western New York (Buffalo)—Crossroads Foundation (Staten Island)—Expectant Mother Care (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan)—Life Center of Long Island (Long Island)—Monsignor Ferris Life Center (Queens)—Pregnancy Resource Center, Inc (Manhattan)
“The PRCs are good citizens of the state of New York, providing valuable and needed services to thousands of women facing unplanned pregnancies,” said Jacque Wagner, Executive Director of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central New York. The PRCs are pleased with the withdrawal of the subpoenas, and will continue to aggressively oppose all efforts to restrict their First Amendment right to free speech. The Centers will continue to operate within the parameters of the law and will remain accountable to the women whom they serve.
The Centers involved are volunteer-based organizations with very limited budgets that provide free services, including life-affirming alternatives to abortion, to thousands of women in New York every year.
See a related release by the American Center for Law and Justice: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/020228/282490_1.html