(Washington, D.C.) Today, in a damaging decision for pregnant women and access to reproductive health care, the Supreme Court struck down the California FACT Act in a 5-4 decision. The California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act requires disclosures that make sure that women visiting licensed anti-abortion counseling centers have information about comprehensive reproductive health care services, including prenatal care, birth control, and abortion, offered by the state of California. The law also makes sure women visiting unlicensed anti-abortion counseling centers know whether they are getting care and advice from medical professionals.
The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:
“Pregnant women deserve the truth. But today, the Supreme Court eliminated a critical law that protected women from anti-abortion counseling centers’ deception. Throughout the country, anti-abortion counseling centers provide false, misleading, or incomplete information, and frighten and coerce women to make certain decisions about their health care options. This deception endangers women’s health and future fertility, and particularly burdens women of color and women struggling to make ends meet. It is devastating that today’s decision will make access to full reproductive health care more difficult. We will fight for the truth women in California and across the country are owed, and ensure they receive vital and accurate health information.”
The National Women’s Law Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an amicus brief with 51 diverse organizations committed to reproductive health and rights for women and for all people that highlights the deceptive practices of anti-abortion counseling centers and shares the stories of women who faced real harm as the result of visiting such centers.