New York Attorney General Sued by Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Over Speech Rights

 June 2, 2024

In a robust legal challenge, pro-life pregnancy centers have filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. These centers are represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

According to The Tablet, they accuse James of censorship and religious discrimination based on her recent actions against their use of progesterone treatments.

The lawsuit, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on May 24, stems from a conflict over the promotion of a treatment the centers claim can reverse the effects of the abortion pill mifepristone. Attorney General James has challenged these claims, labeling them as misleading.

Dispute Over Abortion Pill Reversal Treatments

The centers argue that their method involving high doses of progesterone offers a second chance for women who wish to halt an abortion after taking mifepristone. However, opponents, including James, assert that there is no scientific backing for these claims and that such treatments could pose health risks.

Before this lawsuit, on May 6, Letitia James filed a legal action against Heartbeat International and 11 affiliated crisis pregnancy centers. Her complaint targeted the alleged dissemination of unproven medical claims about reversing the effects of abortion pills. The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the plaintiffs such as the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, Gianna’s House, and Options Care Center, strongly disagrees with James' stance.

Legal and Ethical Questions Raised

Gabriella McIntyre, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, articulated their position, emphasizing the importance of providing options for women who reconsider their decision to abort. McIntyre argues that progesterone treatment can be lifesaving in such situations.

According to her, "Many women regret their abortions, and some seek to stop the effects of chemical abortion drugs before taking the second drug in the abortion drug process. Taking supplemental progesterone at that time can often save their baby’s life."

Moreover, the current lawsuit highlights a case where a woman credited the progesterone treatment with enabling her to sustain her pregnancy and eventually give birth to a child named Myli’anna.

Broader Implications for Health Information

New York's ongoing lawsuit is part of a larger debate over the practice of abortion pill reversals, which has previously seen legal scrutiny in other states, including California and Colorado. Letitia James' efforts to block the promotion of such treatments on various platforms are part of this broader controversy, touching upon issues of medical ethics, free speech, and religious rights.

The case corresponds with broader national discussions, including deliberations by the U.S. Supreme Court on the availability of mifepristone. These concurrent legal battles underscore the complex interplay between healthcare practices and regulatory oversight.

As the case progresses, the debate continues not only about the safety and efficacy of these treatments but also about the broader rights of free speech and religious expression within the healthcare domain. These issues resonate significantly in today's sociopolitical climate, where health, law, and ethics often collide.


Inherent in these lawsuits is a fundamental question about the extent to which certain medical treatments can be promoted and discussed, especially when they intersect with contentious issues such as abortion. Both proponents and opponents of progesterone treatment hold strong views, reflecting the polarized nature of current discussions surrounding reproductive rights and medical freedom.

This case reiterates the ongoing tensions between pro-life advocates who champion these treatments as lifesaving options and those who criticize them for lacking medical verification and potentially endangering women’s health. As both legal and medical communities continue to engage, the outcomes of this lawsuit could have long-lasting implications for how medical advice and treatment options are regulated and communicated in the United States.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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