California Bill Requires Pro-Life Centers to Advertise for Abortions

According to liberals, the abortion industry is the most regulated industry in the nation. It’s definitely regulated, but that doesn’t stop abortions from being performed. The abortion industry is in no danger of having to shut down, because so much of it is taxpayer-subsidized. And if there were ever any financial distress, they’d get bailed out in a heartbeat.

Pro-life centers are also highly regulated, depending on which state they’re in. In California, they just passed a bill that will force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise the state’s public programs that provide surgical and chemical abortions. And if these pro-life centers decide not to comply with those regulations, they get fined. Breitbart reported:

On Tuesday, the California State Assembly passed AB 775, known as the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act. Authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-Los Angeles), the bill states that the act “require a licensed covered facility, as defined, to disseminate a notice to all clients, as specified, stating, among other things, that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women.”

Not only would the bill require some pregnancy centers, specifically those devoted to pro-life causes, to advertise the availability of abortion, but it would also fine facilities that do not comply. The bill states that it would “authorize the Attorney General, city attorney, or county counsel to bring an action to impose a specified civil penalty against covered facilities that fail to comply with these requirements.”

An abortion supporter picketing outside a pro-life center on public property is one thing. But forcing centers that aim to save the lives of the unborn to push abortions on their clients is something else entirely. I think it would be great if abortion centers advertised for pro-life centers. But I don’t think it should be required by law.

States have tried legislation that requires abortion providers to give mothers ultrasounds (depending on how far along they are) so that they can see their child and/or hear the child’s heartbeat before having an abortion. Obviously, abortion providers don’t like those kinds of laws, because they’re bad for business. While those laws are well-intentioned, I don’t really like them either, because they don’t deal with the source of the problem.

Ultrasound laws have no doubt helped to save some unborn babies’ lives, and that’s great. But as long as we have a semblance of a free market, I think we could tackle abortion through competition. If Christians cared that much about abortion, we would be funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into pro-life counseling centers, helping to market them and make them a true competitive force. There’d be TV and radio commercials, billboards, events and so on. It would be an uphill battle, because of how much resistance we’d be faced with. But we would win. We wouldn’t have to regulate the abortion business out of existence. That’s the way they handle everything. Through burdening government regulations. We could prove to them that there’s simply more demand for life.

Of course, at the same time, there needs to be a cultural, spiritual shift. The instant gratification of an abortion carries with it a lifetime of emotional and psychological side effects brought about by guilt. Christians need to not only donate their time and money to pro-life causes, but be out there helping to draw these single mothers and absentee fathers into the Church. We should want to eradicate abortion. But more importantly, we should strive to end the very demand for it.