California pregnancy centers may soon be forced to promote abortions, according to pending legislation.
AB 77, the Pregnancy Counseling Discrimination Rule, would require all pregnancy centers to promote abortions. Failure to comply would mean a $500 fine for the first offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Fertility Physician Lori Arnold wrote about her concerns for LifeNews.com:
“California’s grisly abortion industry is in the midst of a government-sponsored boon,” she said. “In 2013, the state waived safety regulations for abortion clinics (AB 980) and reduced the medical standards required to perform abortions by allowing certain nurses to do the surgeries (AB 154). And last year, the California Department of Health cut all medical reimbursements by 10 percent while increasing taxpayer funding of abortions providers by 40 percent.”
The bill would require clinics to provide free and confidential support services to pregnant mothers. These services include referrals to Medi-Cal programs, which promote abortions.
“Under the provisions of AB 77, PCC’s [Pregnancy Care Centers[ that provide medical services such as ultrasounds would be required to refer all clients to Medi-Cal programs that provide free abortions,” Arnold said. “In addition, any non-medical centers that offer free counseling, pregnancy support, and parenting classes would be required to post signage stating they are not licensed facilities.”
CareNet, one of the largest chains of pregnancy centers in North America, opposes the legislation. Eve Marie Barner Gleason, director of Center Best Practices, explains why she believes the measure is clearly biased.
“The abortion industry in California has a problem,” Gleason said. “They have already ensured a steady income stream by getting abortion funded by taxpayers through Medi-Cal. But some women choose to seek information and assistance in making a pregnancy decision at centers where they receive accurate information about abortion risks and are empowered to choose life. They see every choice for life as money lost.”
Residents can contact members of the Assembly Health Committee to oppose the bill.