Crisis Pregnancy Centers

California has passed a bill

California’s new law places two types of restrictions on crisis pregnancy centers. It requires pregnancy-related service providers that are not medically licensed to disclose that fact to patients. For reproductive health clinics, including crisis pregnancy centers, that are licensed, the law requires that they provide patients with information about California’s financial assistance for family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion.

The reason such a bill is necessary is that these Pregnancy Crisis Centers like to lie:

In all her visits to CPCs, Flores said she was never informed that abortion was a safe, legal alternative to childbirth. She was never told that California’s Medi-Cal program covered the cost of reproductive services, including abortion. Nor that time was of the essence.

Instead, she says, she was misled and shamed by anti-abortion activists masquerading as concerned healthcare providers.

Every clinic spouted the lie that abortions cause breast cancer. “You’re 16 and they’re telling you you’re going to get breast cancer,” Flores said. “You don’t want to get breast cancer, so you don’t do it.”

Birth control was discouraged. Pills, she was told, cause headaches and “put hormones in your body you don’t need.” Condoms “have a bunch of little holes you might not know about.”

“A lot of what they said to Dania is outrageous,” said Rebecca Griffin of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “But it’s all corroborated with their print materials.”

The Centers are suing:

“Forcing a religious pro-life charity to proclaim a pro-abortion declaration is on its face an egregious violation of both the free speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment to the Constitution.  We will not rest until this government mandate is completely halted,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative nonprofit that filed the suit on the centers’ behalf.

Let’s compare shall we:

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 17 states have passed laws requiring doctors to provide medication abortion contrary to modern evidence-based protocols. Five require that patients be told about a widely discredited theory, debunked by countless bodies including the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health, that abortion causes breast cancer. Thirteen mandate that a doctor perform an ultrasound even if the physician determines there is no medical need for one.

And:

 the Family Research Council is blunt about the true purpose of CPCs: “There are sharply rising numbers of women coming to [CPCs] who are not ‘at risk’ for abortion. These women have decided to carry their children to term and come in for material assistance or other services. … These trends could threaten the primary mission of the centers—to reach women at risk for abortion.”

The Crisis Centers lie,  mislead, and bully women to stop abortions and to convince women not to use contraception. This bill makes it more difficult, so the Crisis Centers don’t like it.

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