Judge voids Austin’s pregnancy-center law

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AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out an Austin ordinance requiring pregnancy resource centers — religiously-based organizations that do not offer abortions or refer women to abortion providers — to post signs announcing they do not offer medical care.

U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel said in a ruling Monday that the requirement is unconstitutionally vague and violates the centers’ guarantee of due process.

The ordinance was passed unanimously by the Austin City Council in 2012.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four pregnancy centers — LifeCare, Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center and the Gabriel Project, which is run by Catholic Charities of Central Texas.

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