Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Stop crisis pregnancy centers from lying to women to keep them from getting abortions.
Lies and misinformation await pregnant cisgender women and other people who go to one of California’s hundreds of “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) looking for details on birth control and abortion options. These CPCs are set up by rightwing anti-choice organizations to dissuade pregnant people from choosing to have abortions. Demand that proposed legislation that would impose harsh regulations on these centers be signed into law.
There are around 167 CPCs currently afflicting California. They have been designed to look like women’s health clinics in order to get pregnant people in the door. Once there, pregnant women are subjected to biased counseling services by people in white coats masquerading as professionals who pressure them into keeping their pregnancies through medical misinformation and shaming tactics.
Thankfully, a proposal being discussed in the state’s legislature would put an end to this farce. The bill would mandate that unlicensed women’s health facilities clarify to patients that they are not licensed and inform them of whether or not they provide birth control, abortion, and prenatal care services.
With this new legislation, these deceptive centers would no longer be able to lie to pregnant people to advance their conservative, anti-choice guerrilla war against abortion. Sign the petition below to demand that California Governor Jerry Brown approve this proposal into law so that people can stop being lied to about important health information.
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing you today regarding the California Reproductive FACT Act. This is an extremely necessary bill that will close some major loopholes in your state’s reproductive health laws.
California prides itself on its progressiveness with regards to women’s health. Unfortunately, this success has been tainted by the insidious tactics of anti-choice organizations. Among the most despicable of those tactics are “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), ostensible reproductive health clinics that exist only to distribute misinformation to pregnant people and dissuade them from having sex outside of marriage and getting abortions.
The California Reproductive FACT Act would introduce a battery of new regulations for women’s health clinics so that these CPCs would no longer be able to peddle their anti-choice lies to unsuspecting patients who think they are getting genuine medical information. I urge you to sign this act into law when it arrives on your desk for the good of your state’s citizens and so that California can truly be considered a leader in women’s reproductive health rights.
[Your Name Here]
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