The bill is part of state Republican lawmakers’ two-pronged assault on reproductive rights.
California’s Democratic-majority assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would require crisis pregnancy centers to offer pregnant people information about state programs providing reproductive health-care services, including abortion.
The Florida legislature’s Republican majority on Friday passed a measure mandating a 24-hour waiting period for people seeking abortions, sending it to Republican Gov. Rick Scott for approval.
The bill would require all licensed facilities in the state that “provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion, and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance.”
RH Reality Check spoke with one woman who went undercover for the study to six crisis pregnancy centers. “Since I am aware of the information and studies, I thought I could be resistant to them,” she said. “But I felt instantly vulnerable to the information that they were providing.”
A Houston crisis pregnancy center’s director says she expects an “inevitable influx of clients” after the passage of HB 2, which will shut down the vast majority of legal abortion clinics in Texas. But that’s precisely what the bill’s proponents said would never happen.
“Moral Monday” events organized by the North Carolina NAACP and local clergy have brought together thousands of citizens to express growing discontent with the new conservative majority’s focus on tax breaks and handouts for the wealthy at the expense of social services.
Ohio anti-choicers would rather that women get misinformation than real reproductive health care.
CPCs in the state are defending their right to lie in the face of a new Oregon bill.
Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s health minister, reported that 77,771 legal abortions were performed in 2011, a 31 percent increase over 2010. This statistic has rattled the country’s growing anti-abortion movement, sending it into a frenzy of activity to roll back the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act passed 16 years ago.