New California Law: Pregnancy Centers Must Provide Abortion Information

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, October 12, 2015

New California Law: Pregnancy Centers Must Provide Abortion Information

California crisis pregnancy centers will now be required to provide information about abortions and other services under new legislation approved by the governor.

Gov. Jerry Brown approved the statewide law, which is meant to deter women from getting abortions. Under the new law, the pregnancy centers must provide information about abortion, contraception and prenatal care.

NARAL Pro-Choice California supports the legislation. According to, the legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, was sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California and Black Women for Wellness, and supported by Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is making a run for a Senate seat.

"A growing and alarming movement is working to mislead women in order to achieve their political ideology," Chiu said in a statement.

Critics, however, said the law forces clinics “against their will” to pay for and to provide the information.

“Does the government have a right to tell a newspaper what to write, a preacher what to preach, a private school what to teach? Of course not," said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield. "So why is it OK for the government to force prolife pregnancy centers against their will to advertise and promote government abortion services?"

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Publication date: October 12, 2015