When a woman has decided to seek birth control or discuss her reproductive health options, she deserves to be able to access that care from a qualified medical provider without being tricked, judged, or shamed. But these so-called crisis pregnancy centers too often judge, shame, and intentionally try to trick women out of getting the care they are seeking.
What’s worse, although crisis pregnancy centers oppose abortion and contraception and therefore will not provide comprehensive counseling or referrals, their advertising and outward appearances are frequently calculated to deceive women into believing they will be able to access a full range of reproductive health care services.
All health care should be regulated, but that regulation should be based on standards and science. This politically motivated bill excludes family planning providers who provide essential services like birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and referrals to safe and legal abortion services.
We must tell these legislators laws should not be introduced with the intention of shaming, coercing or judging a woman but rather they must be based on best health care policies and medical standards. Thanks for helping to speak out against this bad bill.
The hearing on Tuesday is likely to just be the first attack on reproductive health care considered by the Florida Legislature during the 2018 session. After you call members of the committee, RSVP to join local Planned Parenthood supporters around the state for a Day of Action on November 8th.