National Partnership for Women & Families

‘Women Deserve the Truth;’ States Must Be Allowed to Regulate Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — March 20, 2018 —

“The case the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing today is about whether California can require anti-abortion fake clinics to disclose the fact that they aren’t licensed and require them to give women information about the free and low-cost services, including contraception, prenatal care and abortion care, that are available to them.

It’s about whether states that protect consumers by regulating nail salons and auto repair shops can also protect patients from fraud and deception. It’s about the simple proposition that women seeking health care deserve the truth.

The fake women’s health centers at issue in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra masquerade as comprehensive health care clinics. But in fact, they prey on women facing unintended pregnancies, often targeting young women, women of color and low-income women. The tactics they use – deceiving, misleading, shaming and delaying care for women – are despicable.

Women deserve unbiased information about their health care options. We have the right to transparent, truthful health information. Only a ruling in favor of California will protect the integrity of our health care system and women’s dignity and health.”

Contact

Lauren Sogor (202) 986-2600 lsogor@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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