Lady Parts Justice League, Abortion Access Hackathon & 70 Other Reproductive Rights Organizations Appalled by SCOTUS Decision Allowing Fake Health Centers to Deceive Pregnant People.
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States of America in NIFLA v. Becerra, upheld a challenge to the FACT Act -- a California law that required fake reproductive health clinics, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers, to provide accurate and factual medical information to patients. In a twisted decision affecting our movement to expose these fake clinics, and a blow to consumer protection at large, SCOTUS has made it clear that they condone the use of deceptive tactics to mislead women and pregnant people looking for timely medical care.
Lady Parts Justice League and Abortion Access Hackathon, co-founders and directors of the national #ExposeFakeClinics coalition and campaign, are outraged and, more than ever, committed to ending the lies of deceptive fake reproductive health centers.
Lizz Winstead, Founder of Lady Parts Justice League and Co-Founder of the 'The Daily Show' weighed in.
"These fake women's health centers have built an industry out of lying to women about their healthcare options. They are so committed to deception, they fought all the way to the Supreme Court to defend their ‘right’ to do so. Today, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, making lying to women a first amendment right. I just feel sad that this ruling allows women in need to be stalked by people who will lie to them and shame them in their most vulnerable hour, but I will continue to fight back."
Emily Loen, Director of Campaigns and Lead Organizer of the Abortion Access Hackathon shared this.
"Pregnant people living in the US do not deserve to be lied to. We are disappointed by the misguided belief that free speech excuses fraud. We are continuing the fight for transparency within fake reproductive health centers."
The #ExposeFakeClinics coalition is committed to telling the truth about fake reproductive health care centers. The fourth 'Week of Action' is planned for August 10-19th. We remain dedicated to exposing fake clinics, strengthening the national network of activists, and centering the real needs of people seeking accurate, timely medical care.
Take ACTION to call a fake clinic and write an online review to cut through their deception. Sign up now for Week of Action alerts, and join the coalition at Info@ExposeFakeClinics.com
ExposeFakeClinics is a 70+ member strong national coalition that has written over 1,100 online reviews of fake centers, held over 100 demonstrations, and strongly supports basic regulation of fake reproductive health centers. The coalition is made of of health care providers and reproductive justice advocates. EFC has created billboards in West Virginia and Colorado, held Online Review-A-Thons in Florida, rallied New Yorkers in NYC, designed code to fight online deception in California and Texas and been integral in passing legislation in Oregon and Connecticut.
It all started when…
CA passed the first of its kind legislation in 2015, the Reproductive FACT Act. The law is basic. It requires crisis pregnancy centers (also known as fake women's health centers) to post a notice stating that CA offers a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion, with the state's phone number. Centers refuse to post the notice. They have sued CA and lost 4 times. The state has a right to ensure pregnant residents know the full range of services available to them.
CA has over 200 fake women's health centers!
Fake women's health centers use a variety of deceptive tactics to get people into their doors. Partnering with abortion clinic protesters to intimidate patients. or Falsely advertising on google and Intimidating doctors directly.
Low-income communities and communities of color are targeted by these centers, and unfairly bear the brunt of their deception.