(Washington, D.C.) Today the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of California’s Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act in advance of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. A total of 51 diverse organizations committed to reproductive health and rights for women and for all people signed the brief.
Amici argue that the neutral, factual disclosures required under California’s FACT Act are needed to counteract the deceptive and misleading tactics that some crisis pregnancy centers employ in California and throughout the country. The brief uses materials from pregnancy centers to show how they seek to deceive. The Center and NWLC’s brief also presents stories of women who have been harmed by the deceptive practices of pregnancy centers.
California’s FACT Act requires licensed medical facilities to post a disclosure informing clients of public programs that provide free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. The law also requires non-medical facilities to inform clients that they are not licensed health care providers.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:
“Women’s health care decisions should never be influenced by fear and deception. These anti-abortion counseling centers provide false, misleading, or incomplete information that endanger women’s health and future fertility. This false information can even lead women to continue unwanted pregnancies to term. The Court should take this opportunity to make clear that women deserve accurate and full information when making decisions about their health care.”