California Pregnancy Center Agrees to Comply With Law Requiring Provision of Abortion Info

Pregnancy Test pd-compressedLOS ANGELES — Under threat of a lawsuit, a pro-life pregnancy center in California has agreed to comply with a state law requiring that clients be provided with information about government programs that offer free or low-cost abortions.

As previously reported, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Reproductive FACT Act into law in October, a measure that has been dubbed the “bully bill” by pro-life groups in the state. The bill had been authored by Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who outlined in the law that he takes issue with pregnancy centers that don’t provide abortion referrals to women.

“The author contends that, unfortunately, there are nearly 200 licensed and unlicensed clinics known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in California whose goal is to interfere with women’s ability to be fully informed and exercise their reproductive rights, and that CPCs pose as full-service women’s health clinics, but aim to discourage and prevent women from seeking abortions,” it reads.

The legislation therefore requires that licensed pregnancy care centers provide the following message to clients in print: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at (telephone number).”

Violators will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each infringement afterward.

As the Pregnancy Counseling Center of Mission Hills failed to comply with the law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer gave the facility 30 days last month to post the necessary signage.

But as the center still had not posted the notice by the Aug. 14 deadline, he moved to file a lawsuit to force the facility to conform. His lawsuit included a request for an emergency injunction, and a penalty of $2,500 for each day of non-compliance.

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The Pregnancy Counseling Center of Mission Hills currently provides pregnancy testing, adoption referrals, pro-life counseling and information about abortion methods and their risks to the mother.

“The reason for the urgency in my view is that when a woman is desperately seeking the kind of counseling that would lead them to come to one of these centers, it is imperative that she has full information about her reproductive choices,” Feuer told reporters.

“I pledged to protect a woman’s right to have accurate information before she makes the most personal and sensitive of choices, and I meant it,” he said. “We will aggressively enforce the FACT Act, taking any action necessary against those who violate it.”

On Tuesday, an attorney for the pregnancy center notified Feuer that the facility would comply with the requirement.

However, as previously reported, a number of pro-life centers in the state have filed legal challenges out of their refusal to comply with the law, which they state amounts to unlawful compelled speech.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is representing LivingWell Medical Clinic, Pregnancy Center of the North Coast and Confidence Pregnancy Center, while the Pacific Justice Institute is representing A Woman’s Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic, Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northern California and Alternatives Women’s Center. Advocates for Faith and Freedom is representing Go Mobile for Life.

“I will not post that notice in our clinic. I would rather close the clinic than post that notice,” Scott Scharpen, pastor at Rock Valley Christian Church in Murietta, said in a statement released by his attorneys with Advocates for Faith and Freedom.

“If the California state government gets away with telling pregnancy clinics what to say and even how to say it, then ALL faith-based businesses are at risk of being bullied into delivering the government’s mandated speech,” he said.

Attorney Robert Tyler said that the Reproductive FACT Act is illegal under the California Constitution.

“Article 1, section 2 of the California Constitution provides greater protection for free speech then does the First Amendment,” he outlined. “Under the ‘liberty of speech clause’ in the California Constitution, the government has no right to compel individuals or corporations to adopt the government’s view on abortion and has no right to compel them to advertise and promote abortions.”

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  • jael2

    If any individual working at a pregnancy center, does indeed offer abortion referrals, then they will have the blood of the babies on their hands, and will be complicit in their murder.
    To those working in such pregnancy centers in California, and your attempting to justify your participation in such a heinous act, remember: ” We are to obey God rather than man” Acts 5:29

    • Josey


  • Robert

    I guess if forced you could put it in a box labeled big these people want

    To Murde ypur baby,s You could put a bunch of governmrnts such as north korea firsr and china and their plenty more murdering governmems let hem see people digging through and reading that garbage before they get to their own murdering governmemt agency .

    • This style ten and six

      Right north of you, sharing a border 3987 miles long is Canada where there is no law at all concerning abortion. We are fine with that and our abortion rate is below that of the US. Abortion is a matter for the woman and her health care provider and is usually covered by medicare.

      • The Skeptical Chymist

        Canada is ahead of the US in so many ways. And just wait 100 years! Then James Bay will be a fantastic seaside resort!

        • This style ten and six

          And Florida will be burned to a crisp. Unfortunately.

      • jael2

        I don’t know how Canada’s abortionists operate, but here in the US, the abortionist “health care provider” usually spends less than 10 minutes with his “patient” whom he has never seen, unless it’s a repeat abortion. There is no doctor/patient relationship as with a true health care provider. No indeed, the only “relationship” is hiring a hit man to murder your child under the banner of “choice”, and it’s all “legal”. In the sight of a Holy God it’s an abomination.

        • This style ten and six

          Have it your way. If you can’t tell an embryo from a baby there is not much use discussing the matter.

  • Jalapeno

    Well..people are always talking about how they want pregnant women to have all available information, aren’t they?

    Seems like a win/win.

    • petseeker11

      It’s forced speech. No win when gov’t. can do that. Remember ISIS…

      • Jalapeno’re against women needing to get counselling on the risks of abortion too, right? Most people are okay with that…most pro-life people insist on it, and many even want the woman to have to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds just so they can get the “information”.

        • petseeker11

          Twist of words. No one can be forced to say things they don’t believe in…this will be proved unconstitutional.

          • Jalapeno

  ’s not a twist of words. If you don’t want people to need information on the risks of one thing..seems that they wouldn’t want people to need information on the risks of another.

            Second..there are many times when people are obligated to convey certain information as a part of their job.

          • petseeker11

            This is not simply giving information…of which everyone knows about abortion. it is asking people to approve of and refer for, a grisly procedure which ends the life of their child. This will go through the courts, and ultimately will be found unconstitutional, it will take some time. You cannot force anyone to commit abortion, nor state false approval.

          • Jalapeno

            No one cares if they approve, they simply need to give women the information.

          • petseeker11

            Then I ask you , who I presume is pro-abortion…to go around telling people abortion is murder and wrong….you won’t do that, of course.

          • Jalapeno

            One..they are being asked to provide facts, not opinions or moral stances.

            Two..if it was my job to provide abortions and I was expected to provide information about the medically proven risks? I would ABSOLUTELY do so.

          • petseeker11

            You fail to understand, in this country, at least, we cannot have forced speech. perhaps you belong in another area where this goes on… they are being told to refer for abortion, which is against their beliefs and morals, this cannot be allowed and will be challenged…to higher courts. Wait and see. Would you enjoy a job commiting abortion?

          • Jalapeno

            People are required to provide information as part of their jobs quite a bit. Think about how a cop is required to explain a persons rights when they arrest them.

    • jael2

      Not if your an unborn child.

      • Jalapeno

        You think every unborn child out there wants their mother to be uninformed about what their options actually are just so they can be born?

        • jael2

          Interesting you bring that up. Let’s imagine you’re that unborn child, shall we?
          Your dialoging with your mother….
          “Hey mom, how are you doing today?”
          Mom: Fine, thank you.
          You: Have you read that pamphlet on fetal development?
          Mom: Yes
          You: So, what do you think?
          Mom: Well, I think I’m going to terminate you
          You: What do you mean terminate me?
          Mom: I’m going to exercise my right of “choice”
          You: Well, “choice” sure sounds better than terminate
          Mom: It sure does
          You: I’m sure glad that you made an informed decision
          Mom: Me too
          You: Mom, what’s that horrible sound ( loud vacuum begins) silent screams, dead silence.

          • Jalapeno

            Say your mom desperately wanted to terminate..would you want her to be lied to so she thinks that she doesn’t have that option?

            I wouldn’t….As much as I hate the idea of not existing, the idea of somebody being FORCED to bring me into this world against their will is exceedingly selfish.

          • jael2

            I’m always amazed how pro-abortion people skew the biological facts in human development in order to come to the rationalization that it’s ok to murder another person.
            Why are people like yourself so afraid of having women watch their bouncing little baby boy or girl on an ultrasound? What’s wrong with giving them the gestational development in full color? Perhaps, it’s because it debunks the whole”blob of tissue” myth. After all, if you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.
            In regards to choice, the choice is made prior to conception. You choose to fornicate and commit adultery. ( the majority of abortions fall into these categories) So why should an innocent child be put to death for the sins of the parents?
            Above all, abortion is murder, the breaking of the sixth commandment. All the humanistic reasoning will not excuse you on the day of judgment.

          • Jalapeno

            “Why are people like yourself so afraid of having women watch their bouncing little baby boy or girl on an ultrasound?”

            I’m against people being forced to get medically unnecessary procedures just to appease other people.

            “What’s wrong with giving them the gestational development in full color? ”

            They need to get the information that’s actually necessary for their procedure…just like every other time that someone goes to the doctor for something.

            You avoided the question though.

            Do you think every fetus would want the mother to give birth against her will?

          • jael2

            Everyone wants to be loved, and if you were to ask a baby if he wants to have his arms and legs ripped off, and his head crushed, or feel the warm embrace of his mother ( or adopted mother), the child would overwhelmingly choose option #2.
            How is having an ultrasound an unnecessary procedure? If you are going to have surgery for any other procedure, including dental; x-rays or scans are normal protocol.
            In regards to “will”, a person can choose a very wicked and selfish act, and have their child murdered, or they can willing choose to embrace their child as a gift from God.

          • Jalapeno

            If you asked someone if they’d have somebody else keep themselves alive against their will…do you think everyone would say yes?

            “How is having an ultrasound an unnecessary procedure?”

            It’s often medically unnecessary.

            If the DOCTOR THEMSELVES wants it, it’s one thing. This isn’t the doctor wanting it though, it’s the other people who aren’t involved in the procedure at all.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    More liberal fascism at its worst.

    When liberals cannot win the intellectual debate, because of their science-phobia and moral monstrosity, they force others to provide the information necessarily so that they can carry out their barbaric atrocities.

    For CPC’s that wish to remain in operation in California, show this video before the referral (take the space out):

    http://abortioninstruments .com/

  • Josey

    psalms 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
    14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

    Those who refuse to repent and turn toward the Lord Jesus Christ will be held accountable for the bloodshed of these innocent babies, those who hold animals up more highly than a human being and with a wink and smile will be held accountable, it is a rebellious fist shaken at Almighty God and our Creator.