San Francisco Politicians Crackdown on CPC False Advertising

San Francisco officials have begun to crackdown on crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) by introducing legislation that would make it illegal for CPCs to falsely advertise about their pregnancy-related services. Crisis pregnancy centers, which are identified as places for pregnant women to get advice, have a long history of intentionally misleading women to prevent them from accessing abortion care.

The bill’s author, Malia Cohen, said the law was necessary to protect low-income women who are drawn into the centers, which often offer free services.

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera, who has written a letter to a local CPC, First Resort, about its deceptive advertising, was explicit in his distaste for the centers, calling them “right wing, politically motivated” institutions whose mission was “to dissuade women from seeking their constitutionally protected rights.”

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