Join us on April 7 for Our Program on Litigation and Legislation Surrounding Crisis Pregnancy Centers
On April 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., WLALA’s Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights Committee will be hosting a panel discussion regarding legislative attempts to regulate crisis pregnancy centers ("CPCs"), facilities that operate as clinics purporting to assist pregnant women in need of help, but that, according to pro-choice advocates, instead disseminate misleading information that jeopardizes women's health.
Our speakers will share the information that has been collected regarding CPCs, including those located in California, many of which are operated in low-income areas or near college campuses, and often do not have licensed medical providers on staff. As our speakers will discuss, CPCs oftentimes do not inform their potential clientele about their lack of medical providers, while they advertise with billboards and flyers that suggest they provide women with comprehensive care or "options," stating "Pregnant? Need help? Call # # # - # # # #." Women seeking advice and prenatal care who come to these facilities may be asked to give their private medical information. An investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America showed that 91% of these facilities provide medically inaccurate information about the side effects of abortion to steer women away from seeking one. Studies have also shown that some centers offer what they call prenatal care, until the time period permitted for having an abortion has passed, thus depriving women of crucial early prenatal care from a qualified medical professional.
CPCs have appeared not just in California, but across the country. Many localities, including New York City and San Francisco, have attempted to regulate them. However, while the San Francisco ordinance was upheld, the remainder of these regulation attempts have been struck down by the courts as violating the First Amendment. How can the State of California learn from these attempts in other states and mitigate the damage CPCs are doing to women's health and reproductive freedom? Join us on April 7th at the headquarters of the Feminist Majority Foundation for a discussion about a new legislative approach that may be proposed in California and why it improves on other unsuccessful approaches. This program promises to be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the legislative process as well as to those with interest in this topic.
Our panelists will include duVergne Gaines, who is the Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project. As a student at Loyal Law School, duVergne received recognition for excellence in federal and state constitutional law and was a member of the Entertainment Law Review. In her role with the National Clinic Access Project, she has helped direct FMF’s campus-based campaigns to defeat anti-abortion ballot measures in California, Colorado, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
In addition, we will hear from Rebecca Griffin, who is the Assistant Director, California Programs for NARAL Pro-Choice California. She spearheads electoral and legislative campaigns to empower and activate the pro-choice majority, including a campaign to expose crisis pregnancy centers and hold them accountable.
The program will begin at 6:30 with light appetizers and refreshments. It includes 1.5 hours of MCLE credit and is free for law students. Reserve a spot now as space is limited!
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