"Upon these two foundations, the Law of Nature and the Law of Revelation (The Bible), depend all human laws: that is to say, no human law should be suffered to contradict these." -Sir William BlackstoneCommentaries on the Laws of England

The State of Hawaii is trying to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise free abortions beginning next week.  This is a clear example of what is called pretended legislation.

First, you may ask what I mean by pretended legislation.  Let me allow 2004 presidential candidate Michael Peroutka explain.

Peroutka says, "If you think that law is something that a judge can make just by deciding a case that comes before him; or if you think that law is something that a legislature can make just by passing a bill and sending it to a governor or a president for his approval; or if you think that a governor or a president can make law just by means of an executive order, then I would respectfully suggest that you are mistaken about the true source and nature of law."

"American law is based on the view that the moral law of the God of the Bible is controlling in all cases. In the Declaration of Independence this moral law is referred to as 'The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," explains Peroutka.

"When human beings, God's creatures, draw up constitutions and statutes and ordinances and regulations, these enactments are dependent for their validity on their being in harmony with the moral law I just mentioned. If these man-made actions conflict with God's moral law, then they are not law at all," added Peroutka.

Democratic Gov. David Ige allowed a mandatory disclaimer bill to become law earlier this week.

According to the new pretended legislation, the five pro-life pregnancy centers that exist in Hawaii must post a sign that gives notification to clients that says the state offers free abortions and provide a link to the state website.

One wonders if one could sue the state over the issue of a fraudulent claim that the abortion is free, since someone, a taxpayer or many taxpayers, is paying for the abortion.  After all, the state doesn't generate money.  It taxes its citizens.

The Daily Signal reports that the signs must bear the following words:

This clinic does not provide abortion services or abortion referrals. Only ultrasounds performed by qualified healthcare professionals and read by licensed clinicians should be considered medically accurate.

Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services including all FDA-approved methods of contraception, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.

To apply for medical insurance coverage that will cover the full range of family planning and prenatal care services, apply on-line at mybenefits.hawaii.gov.

A law similar to this one was passed in California in 2015 and is currently being challenged.  This one should be, as well as attempts by citizens to protect pro-life pregnancy center who will not comply with the pretended legislation.

Should the state decide to enforce the pretended law, these centers will be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.

"Hawaii's pregnancy help organizations are delivering caring, compassionate help for women and families at absolutely zero cost to the state's taxpayers," said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, in a statement that condemned the law. "No woman should ever feel so alone or trapped that she feels abortion is her only option, but this is exactly the situation laws like these create."

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he specifically used the words "pretended legislation" and sought to stand against such actions.  The people would do well to heed that advice both in California and Hawaii.

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