One of the latest manifestations of our pro-life versus pro-choice struggle is the emergence of health clinic ads that have offered abortion services which these clinics did not provide. With ads for “abortion care” and “pregnancy alternatives,” Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are organizations that counsel pregnant women against having abortions. These centers are usually operated by churches or other organizations that oppose abortion. CPCs provide abortion, pregnancy and childbirth counseling. Some of these organizations also offer financial assistance, child-rearing resources and adoption referrals. Most CPCs have recently changed their advertising approach and are no longer running these types of ads. However, many studies by many groups and individuals have found that CPC centers routinely disseminate false medical information, such as the health risks of abortion, to vulnerable women. Advocates claim one should not be misled when seeking health care, especially during pregnancy. They wish to prohibit these and other types of deceptive advertising which target womenâ€™s services. CPC supporters say their right to counsel these women is permitted under the free speech protections of our First Amendment.
S.981 & H.R.2030 – Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current abortion advertising policy and wish to defeat S.981 & H.R.2030
I support requiring the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate rules to prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, a person from advertising with the intent to deceptively create the impression that: such person is a provider of abortion services if such person does not provide such services, or such person is not a provider of abortion services if such person does provide such services, and wish to pass S.981 & H.R.2030