The following comes from a July 28 Pregnancy Help News article by Jay Hobbs:
Safe to say, it’s been a strange month of July for two of the most crime-ridden places in the state of California.
While one city, Oakland—home of the highest crime rate in the state—was busy establishing a new law to crack down on nonprofit pregnancy help centers, another city known for crime—Los Angeles—cited three community funded nonprofits for failing to comply with a law that is currently under review with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pressed with the third-highest violent crime rate in the entire country, Oakland’s City Council passed an ordinance July 16 threatening the only pro-life pregnancy help organization in the city with a first-time offense of up to $500 in fines if the organization, “Support Circle,” is found to be in violation of false advertising laws.
The ordinance applies only to life-affirming pregnancy centers, subjecting the centers—which receive no government dollars—to the judgment of City Council, which has been cheered on so far by NARAL Pro-Choice California director Amy Everitt.
“Lawmakers in California are using their political muscle to benefit Big Abortion,” Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, which has over 70 affiliate locations in the state, said. “Pregnancy centers exist because every woman deserves to have all the information she needs to protect herself and her child during an unexpected pregnancy. More than anything else, a law that only applies to one organization is a clear signal of just how beholden to the abortion industry some of these lawmakers truly are.”
Meanwhile, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who warned pregnancy centers back in late May that he was unwilling to await the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling before he’d try to enforce the policy, made good on his threat with three letters dated July 15.
Citing a violation of the 2015 state law known as the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act,” Feuer sent notices to Harbor Pregnancy Help Center, Los Angeles Pregnancy Services, and Pregnancy Counseling Center.