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AG Rob Bonta warns of facilities impersonating abortion care clinics

California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert warning about the limited and potentially misleading reproductive health services provided by crisis pregnancy centers to discourage pregnant people from abortion.
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California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert warning about the limited and potentially misleading reproductive health services provided by crisis pregnancy centers to discourage pregnant people from abortion. 

According to Bonta's office, Crisis Pregnancy Centers often advertise a range of reproductive healthcare services, but they do not provide abortion or abortion referrals. These facilities usually do not offer abortion, abortion referrals, birth control, or other forms of contraception. 

“As reproductive freedom nationwide comes under threat, my message to Californians is simple: Know your rights. Do your research. Connect with programs that will provide you with truthful information and timely reproductive healthcare. Because in California, your right to reproductive healthcare includes the right to safe and legal abortion,” Bonta said. 

This consumer alert comes as the Supreme Court is expected to announce if it will overturn the landmark Roe V. Wade, which codified the constitutional right to abortion under certain conditions. If the decision is overturned, 26 states will ban abortion rights immediately.

The number of crisis pregnancy centers outnumber abortion care clinics in California. A study from the Alliance identified 179 crisis pregnancy centers throughout the state, which outweighs the number of abortion care clinics by 20 percent. 

According to the study, over 65 percent of CPCs in California make medical claims about pregnancy and abortion that are “untrue or unsubstantiated, misstated or selectively cited to factual information, or used gratuitous or graphic language instead of clinical terms”. The Alliance also found that most crisis pregnancy centers do not even offer prenatal care or have a licensed physician on staff.

The California ProLife Council maintains a statewide list of centers, including several operating in San Diego County. According to Bonta’s office, California has strong laws in place to protect reproductive freedom, including the right to safe and legal abortion. 

"I’m going to continue to use the full extent of the law and the full authority of my office to defend your rights," said Bonta, who will be running for re-election in the June 7 primary. " I guarantee those who attempt to get in the way of this and those who attempt to illegally mislead or circumvent the law will face consequences.”

The state’s top law enforcement official urged Californians seeking reproductive health services to do research about their options before going to a clinic. The following is a list of programs that assist Californians in accessing abortion care: 

Bonta’s office urged Californians who believe they have been the victim or target of deceptive, misleading, unfair, or unlawful conduct to immediately file a complaint at ‪www.oag.ca.gov/report.