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Support Women’s Reproductive Health

August 13, 2015
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of protecting the life and well-being of women, and there is a strong consensus in the organized Jewish community supporting a woman’s reproductive rights. That’s why we’ve long supported women’s health initiatives that have benefitted individuals all across the state of California.

Unfortunately, certain crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) don’t give women the whole story when they come in seeking assistance. To solve this dilemma, California Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill (AB 775) that helps ensure women seeking assistance from CPCs receive prompt care and are empowered to make fully informed decisions about their reproductive health.

AB 775, The Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, requires licensed facilities that provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available affordable assistance, as well as information about to obtain that assistance. Specifically, the bill would require all CPCs to inform patients that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care and abortion. The bill is sponsored by Black Women for Wellness and NARAL Pro-Choice California.

A year-long investigation of CPCs by NARAL Pro-Choice California revealed that the CPCs routinely manipulate women into not choosing abortion by giving them false medical information. Many of these CPCs are even unlicensed, which is why the bill would require the facilities without medical licenses to post a notice saying they have neither a license nor licensed providers on staff.

“CPCs target women seeking abortion care with false advertising that misleads women into thinking they are comprehensive women’s health facilities,” said State Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California Amy Everitt. “Instead, CPC workers are trained to lie to women to keep them from accessing contraception and abortion care. It’s time for California to take a stand against their deceptive practices, and AB 775 is an important step in fighting their campaign of misinformation.”

The results of the investigation can be found here.

AB 775 has passed the California Assembly and will soon be voted on in the Senate, and we encourage you to write your California State Senator in support of AB 775. Help assure that women in California are receiving complete and accurate information concerning their reproductive health.

PHOTO: “Baby Belly” by David Roseborough (via Wikimedia Commons).