CPCs in the Media

The Miseducation of California Nurses: Legal Loopholes Enables Spread of Anti-Choice Medical Myths

In a St. Louis high-rise hotel last April, health-care workers filed into a conference room to learn about the myth of undoing a pill-induced abortion, also called abortion pill reversal. The workshop, hosted by the anti-choice giant Heartbeat International, promised nurses in attendance that they could earn continuing education credits from a state some 1,700 miles away: California.

Missing from the conference materials was any disclosure saying that the medical establishment, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), rejects the so-called science behind abortion pill reversal. Instead, Heartbeat International displayed the medical imprimatur of the Golden State: “Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1.25 contact hours for each workshop.”…

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The sign that anti-abortion clinics say tramples their religious liberty

Three years ago, Scott Scharpen gave a sermon against abortion at his church in Murrieta, California. It didn’t feel like enough, he says, so drawing on private donations, he purchased a 31-foot RV equipped with an ultrasound machine. As a mobile clinic licensed by the state of California, Go Mobile for Life offers free pregnancy tests, sonograms and urges women considering abortion to give birth instead…

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Abortion rights advocates may have finally found a way to regulate "crisis pregnancy centers"

Abortion-rights advocates may finally have found a way to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centers in a way that passes First Amendment muster. The Ninth Circuit has decided to let California’s Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act go into effect on the first of the year, despite a pending appeal. The California law, as Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick has written, “was reverse-engineered to avoid some of the First Amendment pitfalls” that doomed similar efforts in Austin, Baltimore, and New York City. The Ninth Circuit’s refusal to block the law is a sign that its authors may have succeeded…

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Battle over abortion rights in California shifts to crisis pregnancy centers

It need only be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, written in at least 22-point type.

Posted in a “conspicuous place” in a waiting area, it would alert visitors that “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access” for family planning, prenatal care and abortion. At the bottom, they would find the telephone number for the county social services office.

The sign, mandated by California lawmakers this year for any licensed facility providing pregnancy-related services, may be small in size. But nothing is ever small in the enduring political battle over abortion…

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Abortion clinic closures leave opening for crisis pregnancy centers for "prey" on women

Days after Top-Gyn Ladies Center in Coral Gables, Florida, closed its doors in October, a crisis pregnancy center run by Heartbeat of Miami moved in.

The Ladies Center had provided abortions, but Heartbeat of Miami’s mission is to dissuade women from seeking termination services and to save “unborn children,” according to its website…

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California's new crisis pregnancy center law creates a roadblock for anti-abortion activists

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first statewide law to regulate crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs are facilities that work to counsel women out of having abortions, offering them resources like diapers, baby formula and maternity clothes, but also often disseminating misleading or outright false medical information. Boosted by government funding under George W. Bush, they have proliferated over the past 15 years, with an estimated 3,500 nationwide—outnumbering real abortion clinics 3-to-1…

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State law trumps anti-abortion centers' attempts at obfuscation

This year state lawmakers moved to counteract the troubling and deceptive practices employed by some “crisis pregnancy” centers to deter women from considering an abortion. Their response — the Reproductive FACT Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law — requires licensed facilities primarily offering family planning or pregnancy-related services to notify customers that the state offers free or low-cost access to a variety of family planning services, including abortion, and to provide a phone number for the local county social services office. Unlicensed facilities offering pregnancy-related services must provide notice that they are not licensed by the state as medical facilities and have no medical personnel overseeing services…

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