June 2, 2022 – SAN DIEGO – In the face of unprecedented threats to reproductive freedom, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a statement on Wednesday. consumer alert warning Californians seeking reproductive health services of the limited and potentially misleading nature of services provided by crisis pregnancy centers. Crisis pregnancy centers attempt to discourage people facing unwanted pregnancies from accessing abortion care. While Crisis Pregnancy Centers may advertise a full range of reproductive health services, they do not provide abortion or abortion referral, and generally do not provide birth control. or other forms of contraceptives. In today’s alert, Attorney General Bonta urges Californians to do their research before visiting a pregnancy clinic, especially if they are seeking information about abortion care.
“Crisis Pregnancy Centers often try to lure pregnant Californians into their facilities through vague statements about the information and services they offer,” Attorney General Bonta said. “While Crisis Pregnancy Centers may claim to offer comprehensive reproductive health services, their mission is to discourage people from accessing abortion care. As reproductive freedom across the country is under threat, my message to Californians is simple: Know your rights. Do your research. Connect to programs that will provide you with truthful information and timely reproductive health care. Because in California, your right to reproductive health care includes the right to a safe and legal abortion.
There are more crisis pregnancy centers in California than abortion clinics. At first glance, emergency pregnancy centers may look like an abortion clinic or a reproductive health clinic. Emergency pregnancy centers are often located close to reproductive health clinics and advertise comprehensive reproductive health services. However, a recent study by The Alliance found that none of the 179 crisis pregnancy centers in California offered abortion care and only one offered contraceptive care. The Alliance has also found that most pregnancy centers in crisis do not even offer prenatal care or have a licensed doctor on staff. Instead, troubled pregnancy centers in California have been reported to make misleading or unsubstantiated claims about abortions to persuade people to continue with their pregnancies.
California has strict laws in place protecting reproductive freedom, including the right to a safe and legal abortion. in today alert, Attorney General Bonta is urging Californians seeking reproductive health services to do their research before visiting a clinic to learn more about their abortion options. It is important to note that California women who are pregnant or think they may be should know that:
- Emergency pregnancy centers do not offer abortion or abortion referral, and often do not provide birth control or other forms of contraceptives;
- Crisis Pregnancy Centers may not be licensed medical clinics or be required to keep medical records private;
- Crisis pregnancy centers may attempt to delay appointments or provide misleading information about the legality or safety of abortions;
- Emergency pregnancy centers may provide inaccurate health information about a person’s pregnancy and other aspects of reproductive health care; and
- Emergency pregnancy centers often resemble and are located near reproductive health facilities that perform abortion.
There are a number of programs that help Californians access abortion care, including:
Californians who believe they have been the victim or target of deceptive, deceptive, unfair or illegal conduct should immediately file a complaint withwww.oag.ca.gov/report.
Source: CA. DOJ