On Friday, the California State Senate passed AB 775, a bill requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to disseminate pro-abortion messages.
The so-called Reproductive FACT Act would require all centers recognized as “licensed covered facilit[ies]” to “disseminate a notice to all clients, as specified, stating, among other things, that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women,” and any facilities not recognized as such to “disseminate a notice to all clients, as specified, stating, among other things, that the facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California.”
Alliance Defending Freedom litigation counsel Elissa Graves blasted the bill as an “unconstitutional trampling of pro-life advocacy,” noting that “[t]hese centers fundamentally exist to provide tangible help and real alternatives to abortion to pregnant women in need” and condemning the California government for “attempting to fund and promote Big Abortion by running roughshod over the freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed to Californians and all Americans.”
ADF further noted that they have successfully helped defeat similar laws across the country. Live Action News previously covered AB 775 in April, noting that state pro-lifers have dubbed it the “Bully Bill” and that it has come even as California has waived and reduced a number of medical standards for abortion clinics.