The following comes from a May 23 story in the LA Times.
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office announced Monday that it is aggressively enforcing a new state law requiring pregnancy clinics to inform clients of their reproductive rights.
City Atty. Mike Feuer said his office is working in coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to ensure clinics follow the law because “women need timely, accurate and complete information” on their family planning options.
“We’re not going to wait,” Feuer told reporters. “Waiting for a day or a week or a month to enforce this law threatens the health and safety of women who during that time period may not be informed of their choices.”
The law, dubbed the Reproductive Fact Act, requires licensed facilities primarily providing family planning or pregnancy-related services to notify customers that the state offers free or low-cost access to a variety of family planning services, including prenatal care, abortion and contraception.
Unlicensed facilities offering pregnancy-related services must provide notice that they are not licensed by the state as medical facilities and have no medical personnel overseeing services under the new law, which went into effect in January.
Pregnancy centers that fail to follow the law could face a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent violation, the city attorney’s office said.
Feuer’s office sent notices to six pregnancy centers last week as the first step in ensuring the law is enforced, he said, because other clinics in the state have tried to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies.
It is not clear whether the six clinics that received letters have violated the law, according to the city attorney’s office. The letters simply serve as notices that the clinics have to comply with the law, Feuer said….