[Statement] “Make them Put You in Jail” – Dr. Dobson Responds to 9th Circuit Abortion Decision


“If California attempts to enforce this law then do not comply. Make them put you in jail.”

James Dobson, PhD

Colorado Springs, Col. — In response to the decision of the Ninth Circuit to uphold California’s “Reproductive FACT Act” the following statement is issued on behalf of Dr. James Dobson:

“Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to uphold California’s so called ‘Reproductive FACT Act.’ This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve.

“Since Roe. V. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is an affront to our constitutionally mandated rights to life and to religious freedom.

“This decision is further affirmation of the importance of this presidential election.  Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be responsible for appointing the replacement of Antonin Scalia, and – in all likelihood – two to three other Supreme Court Justices.  That court will eventually decide whether or not this remains the law in California and becomes law across America.

“This law – and laws like it –  violate the U.S. Constitution, and they are a violation of our Christian conscience, and this ruling is yet another example of the power of activist judges. I encourage anyone with a voice to use it and to do so urgently.

“I have a simple word of advice to those pastors, priests and others who run California’s crisis pregnancy centers.  If California attempts to enforce this law then do not comply. Make them put you in jail.

James Dobson, PhD”

This statement is made solely in Dr. Dobson’s personal capacity and does not constitute the opinion or position of any organization he leads or represents.


Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.

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