California Pregnancy Centers May be Forced to Promote Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 13, 2015   |   6:20PM   |   Sacramento, CA

Thousands of pregnancy centers across the nation are the counterbalance to the abortion industry by providing women with tangible help and real alternatives to abortion. But pregnancy centers in California may soon find themselves forced to promote abortions under legislation pending in the California legislature.

AB 77, the Pregnancy Counseling Discrimination Rule, would require all pregnancy centers to promote abortions to their clients. There is no conscience clause or opt out for centers that provide pregnant women assistance without abortions or abortion referrals. Failure to comply carries a $500 fine for first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. The bill authorizes the Attorney General, city attorney, or county counsel to impose the civil fines.

The bill will be heard in Assembly Health committee on Tuesday and the California Pro-Life Council is concerned it will pass and be sent to the state Assembly floor.

Lori Arnold of the California Family Alliance emailed her concerns about the bill to

“California’s grisly abortion industry is in the midst of a government-sponsored boon. In 2013, the state waived safety regulations for abortion clinics (AB 980) and reduced the medical standards required to perform abortions by allowing certain nurses to do the surgeries (AB 154),” she said. “And last year, the California Department of Health cut all medical reimbursements by 10 percent while increasing taxpayer funding of abortions providers by 40 percent.”

“But abortion profiteers like Planned Parenthood and NARAL are still not content with state taxpayers as their sugar daddy. They are now pushing new discriminatory regulations that would force local Pregnancy Care Centers and Clinics (or PCCs, which provide free and confidential support services to pregnant mothers) to advertise and promote chemical and surgical abortions,” Arnold added. “Under the provisions of AB 775 (Chiu, D-San Francisco), PCC’s that provide medical services such as ultrasounds would be required to refer all clients to Medi-Cal programs that provide free abortions. In addition, any non-medical centers that offer free counseling, pregnancy support, and parenting classes would be required to post signage stating they are “not licensed facilities.” Both types of PCCs would also be coerced to include such statements in all advertising.”

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CareNet, one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America, strongly opposes the legislation. In a statement on its website, Eve Marie Barner Gleason, director of Center Best Practices, said the measure is clearly biased in its approach.

“The abortion industry in California has a problem,” she said. “They have already ensured a steady income stream by getting abortion funded by taxpayers through Medi-Cal. But some women choose to seek information and assistance in making a pregnancy decision at centers where they receive accurate information about abortion risks and are empowered to choose life. They see every choice for life as money lost.”


Arnold says market share is undoubtedly a primary motivation for AB 775. “But sadly, it goes even beyond money. The pro-abortion movement will not be satisfied until it silences all opposition to its cause. At the same time, it defiantly rejects its own hypocrisy

Unfortunately, if approved, AB 755 will become a dangerously powerful tool in the anti-life arsenal. As CareNet’s Gleason told her member operators, “You pay for your advertising. Now, they want you to pay for theirs too.”

Finally, the bill would also require the Attorney General to post on the Department of Justice’s Internet Web site a list of the covered facilities upon which a civil penalty has been imposed.

Contact members of the Assembly Health Committee to oppose the bill:

Chair Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)
Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2018
Fax (916) 319-2118
District Office (510) 286-1670
[email protected]

Vice Chair Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2077
Fax (916) 319-2177
District Office (858) 675-0077
[email protected]

Susan Bonilla (D-Concord)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2014
Fax (916) 319-2014
District Office (925) 521-1511
[email protected]

Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2062
Fax (916) 319-2162
District Office (310) 412-6400
[email protected]

Rocky Chavez (R-Carlsbad)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2076
Fax (916) 319-2176
District Office (760) 433-7601
[email protected]

David Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Sacramento Office 916) 319-2017
Fax (916) 319-2117
District Office (415) 557-3013
[email protected]

Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2051
Fax (916) 319-2151
District Office (213) 483-5151
[email protected]

Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2080
Fax (916) 319-2180
District Office (619) 338-8090
[email protected]

Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2048
Fax (916) 319-2148
District Office (626) 960-4457
[email protected]

Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2036
Fax (916) 319-2136
District Office (661) 267-7636
[email protected]

Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2046
Fax (916) 319-2046
District Office (818) 376-4246
[email protected]

Jim Patterson (D-Fresno)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2023
Fax (916) 319-2023
District Office (559) 446-2029
[email protected]

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Culver City)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2054
Fax (916) 319-2054
District Office (310) 342-1070
[email protected]

Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2052
Fax (916) 319-2152
District Office (909) 902-9606
[email protected]

Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2053
Fax (916) 319-2153
District Office (213) 620-4646
[email protected]

Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2040
Fax (916) 319-2140
District Office (909) 466-9096
[email protected]

Tony Thurmond (D-Oakland)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2015
Fax (916) 319-2115
District Office (510) 286-1400
[email protected]

Marie Waldron (R-Escondido)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2075
Fax (916) 319-2175
District Office (760) 480-7570
[email protected]

Jim Wood (D-Eureka)
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2002
Fax (916) 319-2102
District Office (707) 445-7014
[email protected]