California Choices

2000px-Seal_of_California.svgI’m not someone to help the government find new ways to regulate.  I believe that in most instances, when government tries to solve problems it makes them worse.

Perhaps there are good intentions, but government makes lots of bad results.

But despite that, I want to recommend that legislators in California expand a new law that kicks off this year and is embroiled in a heap of legal battles.

The law, Reproductive FACT Act, requires pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients of places where they can get an abortion.  Put in blunter terms, if a pregnant woman shows up at a crisis center looking for help and is inclined to give birth to their baby, the center has to let them know that if they have a change (degeneration) of conscience, they can go to another place and get an abortion.

No, it isn’t logical and it doesn’t make sense – unless you are a in a state with a body of legislators and governor who think disposing of babies is a legitimate thing for government to promote.

But I really don’t want to get into that moral argument, which I can’t believe is yet under debate.  Instead, I propose to California lawmakers that if this law makes sense, there are other them must enact:

  • Alcohol Awareness Act: would require all rooms that host meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous to post directors of nearby taverns in case a sober person decides that would like to return to drinking.
  • Automobile Alternative Act: would require all Ford car dealers to post the phone number and address of the nearest Chevy dealer, despite their goal of beating their competition.
  • Cavity Creation Act: would require dentists to post the directions to the nearest candy store; kids might decide they like sugar better than clear teeth.
  • Religious Referral Act: would require pastors of Catholic churches to post the address of the nearest mosque, offering the faithful another approach.
  • Library Licentiousness Act: would require libraries to post the address of the nearest adult book store (in instances where the library doesn’t already offer pornography).
  • Embalming Enabling Act: would require hospitals to post the address of the nearest funeral home, just in case someone arriving at the emergency room decides they really don’t want help.

I know, I know.  These are quite ridiculous.  But are they any less ridiculous that requiring a service that is trying to save lives to refer its customers to a business that want to kill babies?

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