AB 775 (the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act) would require licensed clinics that provide family planning or pregnancy-related services to provide a notice to consumers regarding their reproductive rights. Specifically, the bill would require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to inform patients that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women.
The bill would also require facilities without medical licenses that advertise and provide pregnancy testing and care to post a notice saying they have neither a license nor licensed providers on staff. Many CPCs in California are unlicensed.
According to NARAL Pro-Choice California:
AB 775 also helps address the public health threat posed by anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). NARAL Pro-Choice California conducted a year-long undercover investigation of CPCs, revealing a disturbing pattern of medical misinformation and manipulation of women. The results of the investigation can be found at www.cpclies.com.
“CPCs target women seeking abortion care with false advertising that misleads women into thinking they are comprehensive women’s health facilities,” said [State Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California Amy] Everitt. “Instead, CPC workers are trained to lie to women to keep them from accessing contraception and abortion care. It’s time for California to take a stand against their deceptive practices, and AB 775 is an important step in fighting their campaign of misinformation.”
Approved by the Governor and Chaptered by the Secretary of State (Chapter 700) on 10/9/2015.