A federal court has recently ruled against a New York City regulation which requires that crisis pregnancy post a sign outside of their doors which explains that the centers do not provide abortions. Judges have ruled that this council ordinance--billed as a "consumer protection" regulation--violates the free speech of crisis pregnancy center owners and staff; the ordinance would "force them to say things against their will."
In a related ruling, federal judges have upheld the right of pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to opt out of participating in an abortion, be it surgical or induced by drugs. The court has also upheld the right of medical professionals to not prescribe birth control, and for pharmacists to not fill prescriptions which would violate their consciences. The regulations which once existed to protect the consciences of medical professionals were rescinded by the Obama administration. The court, which overruled Obama's act to rescind these laws, stated that such a recension "compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity." The Texas Medical Association opposed the act because it essentially dictated when a doctor must perform a procedure and how the doctor must deal with a patient. While birth control pills are routinely prescribed, they frequently are not considered medically necessary.