The following comes from a March 15 Sacramento Bee article by Sammy Caiola:

Two Sacramento pregnancy service centers that oppose abortion are not complying with a state law requiring they put up signs informing patients about California’s abortion services, according to an investigation carried out by a San Francisco-based abortion rights advocacy group.

Sacramento Life Center and Alternatives Pregnancy Center were the first two centers in the state found by NARAL Pro-Choice California to be allegedly violating Assembly Bill 775, a 2015 law authored by Democratic Assembly members David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey.

The law is aimed at crisis pregnancy centers, or faith-based organizations that provide pregnancy counseling to women, as well as ultrasounds, sexually transmitted disease counseling, community resource referrals and other services.

The new law, which went into effect on January 1, requires all clinics whose primary purpose is providing family planning or pregnancy-related services to post an 8 1/2 -by-11-inch sheet of paper with 22-point type “in a conspicuous place” notifying women of available public services. Clinics also have the option to provide a printed or digital notice to each client at the time of arrival.

“It’s important that we start holding these anti-choice organizations responsible,” said NARAL’s director Amy Everitt. “They are wreaking havoc and harm all across our country.”

Marie Leatherby, executive director of the Sacramento Life Center, said no one has come to enforce the new law at her clinic, and she will abide by the policy only if she is absolutely compelled to.

“It does go against what we’re all about,” Leatherby said. “Our mission is about helping women carry their children to term. So we’re just waiting to see how the lawsuit plays out.”

Matt Bowman, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the law “forces pro-life centers to recite the government’s message.”

“These centers are faced with an impossible choice – either refer women to have a child killed or face punishment by the state of California,” he said.

In the meantime, NARAL and other abortion rights groups are gathering signatures from people who want the required information posted.

“We have really progressive, really fabulous laws,” Everitt said. “But if they aren’t enforced, they don’t mean anything. And the Reproductive FACT Act is far too important not to be enforced.”