The National Institute for Reproductive Health is committed to assisting advocates in addressing the deceptive practices of anti-abortion pregnancy centers. Anti-abortion pregnancy centers are anti-choice organizations that often pose as women’s health clinics, but their real aim is to dissuade pregnant women from choosing abortion. Extensive national research, as well as reports conducted in states such as California, Maryland, New York, and Texas, has revealed that anti-abortion pregnancy centers regularly use deceptive and manipulative tactics to achieve this goal.
Spurred by these investigative reports and resulting pro-choice advocacy, several localities have taken action to protect consumers from the fraudulent practices of anti-abortion pregnancy centers by passing legislation or resolutions. Although some of these ordinances are no longer enforced following legal challenges, advocates in several cities have been successful in regulating these dangerous centers. NIRH stands with localities around the country as they fight to protect their communities’ rights to unbiased medical information and comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion.
- The state of California passed a law regulating health care providers and anti-abortion pregnancy centers in 2015, the Reproductive FACT Act. Although several anti-abortion pregnancy centers in northern California have filed a lawsuit, claiming that the law is unconstitutional, the court has allowed the law to go into effect during the litigation. Rewire covered the latest court decision allowing the enforcement of the law.
- In Northern California, anti-abortion pregnancy centers have sued local officials who are responsible for the law’s enforcement in an attempt to coerce them into not enforcing the Reproductive FACT Act. This targeting of local officials is a unique tactic in anti-choice advocates’ fight against the law. Read more at Lost Coast Outpost.
- Read more about the options for regulating anti-abortion pregnancy centers at Slate.