California Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise for Public Abortion Programs

Their excuse is that without pro-life pregnancy centers’ promotion of taxpayer-funded abortion and contraceptive “services,” pregnant women will not be “fully informed.” Democrats in California’s state legislature actually think the reason pro-life pregnancy centers don’t promote abortion is that there’s some kind of pro-life conspiracy to push their ideology. And the way they push their ideology is to make sure their “victims” don’t know about free or low-cost abortion and contraceptive programs. CNS News reported:

Gov. Jerry Brown (D.-Calif.) signed a law on Friday mandating that all licensed pregnancy centers in the state “disseminate to clients” a message promoting public programs with “free or low-cost access” to abortion and contraceptive services.

The new law makes no exception for pro-life and faith-based crisis pregnancy centers.

Critics of the law say that it violates the right to freedom of speech, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

AB 775, known in the state legislature as The Reproductive FACT Act, requires all pregnancy centers that are licensed as clinics to post the following notice: 

California 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 determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

According to the legislation, pregnancy centers that fail to disseminate this message “are liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense.” 

Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco), the bill’s primary author, argued in the legislature that “a growing and alarming movement is working to mislead women in order to achieve their political ideology. We have a responsibility as lawmakers to make sure that the information given to women who are making their own healthcare decisions is accurate and timely.”

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Democrat legislators claimed this is necessary because the information provided by prolife pregnancy care centers is not, ‘fully-informed,’” said Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield). “So, according to this logic, if the government finds that your message isn’t ‘fully-informed,’ it now has a right to compel you to do and say things you do not believe in.

Did it ever cross these pro-abortion politicians’ minds that maybe the whole point of crisis pregnancy centers is to provide an alternative to abortion? Abortion is the norm nowadays. Everyone knows about it, and especially in a state like California, if a pregnant woman wanted to get an abortion, she could get one.

Pregnant women go to crisis pregnancy centers, because they’re not sure what to do. They’re scared. They need help. They need someone to talk to. A crisis pregnancy center will provide them with counsel, encouragement, and options, including adoption.

Democrats will of course interpret that as “forced childbirth.” But we could say the same thing about abortion centers. They’re there to talk women into having abortions. They’ll convince the woman that she’s not ready to have a baby. And besides, she doesn’t make enough money, and she’s too young and irresponsible. The only “responsible” and “compassionate” thing to do is to kill the child inside her so that she can get on with her life. Oh, and abortion centers don’t promote crisis pregnancy centers. So, in that case, it’s perfectly fine not to be “fully-informed.”

A woman who chooses to go to a crisis pregnancy center can at any time leave if she’s not satisfied. At no time is she forced to stay there. If the woman decides to have her baby and put her baby up for adoption, that’s her choice, not the pregnancy center’s. While a woman might also choose to go the abortion route, what they conveniently leave out is that that baby’s life is not hers or the doctor’s to take.