California plans to ‘strangle voices of conscience’ on 1 hot-button issue

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The Golden Gate Bridge right after sunset.

California lawmakers are considering a bill that critics charge would “strangle voices of conscience” in violation of the First Amendment’s religious rights in an effort to protect abortion.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute Center for Public Policy, points out the bill would force religious groups, including churches, to hire employees who reject their mission and violate their standards for conduct.

The bill, AB 569, is sponsored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher, a Democrat. It would require a pro-life ministry, for example, to allow a worker to openly advocate for abortion.

“This latest attempt by our legislature to strangle voices of conscience is unjust and unconstitutional,” Dacus said. “There is no true religious freedom without the freedom to put faith into practice, both as an individual and as a religious community.”

In the bill, PJI said Gonzales-Fletcher “claims that reproductive choices – such as abortion –

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