Soon, pro-life pregnancy centers in California will be legally required to post signs in their facilities letting clients know where to go for free abortion counseling.
The governor of California recently signed into law the “Reproductive FACT Act,” a law that requires any sort of pregnancy care center to post a sign, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, in a prominent place so clients are aware of all the services available to them in the State of California. The Act reads:
This bill would enact the Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act, which would 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. The bill would also require an unlicensed covered facility, as defined, to disseminate a notice to all clients, as specified, stating, among other things, that the facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California.
Across the State, many crisis pregnancy centers, primarily founded for religious reasons, are suing the State in an effort to strike down the new law.
Currently, most of these pro-life pregnancy centers offer their clients free pregnancy tests, an explanation of what to expect when becoming a parent, and information about the free services they can provide if the client has her baby. The mention of abortion is typically pointing out the medical pitfalls that can result from having an abortion. These centers exist to encourage women to not have abortions, and that is what they do.
The new law would not change anything about the procedures followed by the pregnancy centers. It would however, require that they post a sign that provides information about abortion options. The sign requirements are:
Instead, the law requires centers . . . to post a sign in the lobby that says, in 22-point type:
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].
If the center is not a licensed medical clinic, the sign would state:
This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.
Josh McClure, director of the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic in El Cajon, California, is strongly opposed to the new law. He said in an interview with National Public Radio:
“A sign in the lobby is not how or when he wants his clients at the clinic to hear about abortion. It goes against everything his center stands for.”
Laws like the Reproductive FACT Act are being considered in other cities across the country, and they are being challenged legally as well. Pro-life people will have to join forces to stop this ridiculous legislation and to stand up for the most innocent and vulnerable among us.