June 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that challenged a 2015 California law that requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to disclose all available medical options and services to pregnant women. CPCs have a long and well-documented history of misleading women and misrepresenting themselves as legitimate medical providers. In fact, they are anti-abortion centers that frequently tell women false information to dissuade them from having an abortion, claiming that abortions pose health risks or misinforming women about how far along they are in pregnancy.
The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“Every woman deserves quality, medically-accurate health care when she’s pregnant or thinks she might be. Today the Supreme Court ruled against women and in favor of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that misrepresent themselves as legitimate health care clinics. A CPC’s mission is to dissuade a woman from having an abortion by providing misinformation about a safe and legal medical procedure.
“Meanwhile, state legislatures across the country have passed laws that require doctors to give women medically inaccurate information about abortion, perpetuating unfounded myths like linking abortion with breast cancer or increased risk of suicide. It is truly outrageous that these laws stand and, under today’s decision, CPCs can continue to mislead and misinform women. Planned Parenthood will never stop working to keep safe and legal abortion available to those who need it.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.