California Democrats are trying a different route to thwart the life-saving work of pro-life pregnancy resource centers this year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a previous attempt in 2018.
State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, said she crafted Assembly Bill 315 to punish pregnancy resource centers that provide “misinformation” to their clients, according to the Tribune News Service.
Bauer-Kahan said her bill is different from the previous state law that the Supreme Court struck down because it does not require pregnancy centers to post signs or notify clients about state abortion services.
Instead, the legislation creates new penalties under a state false advertising law for pregnancy centers that use “a false or misleading statement related to the person’s provision, or lack of provision, of abortion.” Notably, however, the bill does not include any penalties for abortion facilities that mislead or lie to their clients.
“We are outlawing misinformation. We are outlawing the practice of misleading the patient,” Bauer-Kahan said of her bill.
California lawmakers’ previous attempt to target pregnancy centers failed. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) sued the state and won in a victory for free speech in 2018.
“… the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the opinion. “… This Court’s precedents are deeply skeptical of laws that ‘distinguis[h] among different speakers, allowing speech by some but not others.’”
Anne O’Connor, vice president of legal affairs at NIFLA, told the news outlet that Bauer-Kahan’s bill is unconstitutional and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
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