A New York judge has blocked a law that was meant to force crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs stating what sort of services they provide, that they do not have medical staff on site, that they do not provide or refer for abortions and that they do not have to adhere to HIPAA privacy codes or patient confidentiality. The signs, which state reproductive health groups had been rallying for, are meant to inform women who may enter these establishmentsbelieving that they are walking into a center that can provide them with birth control or abortions, as CPCs are often located in the same building, next door to, or across the street from reproductive health clinics and use similar names in the hopes of confusing potential users.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the judge blocked the law, saying the rules were “unconstitutionally vague,” and that “risk of discriminatory enforcement was high” because of the political and often religious natures of the clinics.
Writer Andy Kopsa lists the disclosure that would be required by the centers under law:
All of these seem like pretty clear, concise statements to be made and posted, and the only reason to not do so would be the desire to try and trick women into coming inside in order to talk them out of birth control or abortion.
We know full well that the anti-abortion faction has no issues with signage, after all. They have spent all week praising the new law in Louisiana that will make reproductive health clinics post signs that “address the truth” that many women are pressured into abortion. According to National Right to Life, the “Signs of Hope” law:
(1) Requires a “Forced Abortion Prevention Sign” to be conspicuously posted in abortion clinics informing women that they can’t be forced to abort against their will; that the father is liable for support; that adoptive parents may pay costs of prenatal care and childbirth; that there are many public and private resources to help during and after pregnancy as listed on a DHH website featured on the sign posted in the clinic.
(2) Creates a DHH website and mobile/smartphone platform to deliver info about free ultrasound, pregnancy resources, abortion health risks, and the development of the unborn child. In addition to being posted on the sign, the web address must be given by phone or email at the initial contact seeking an appointment. This legislation enhances Louisiana’s current Woman’s Right to Know law.
So just so we are clear: signs that state that crisis pregnancy centers are not medical operations, they have no privacy code, and they cannot assist you with pregnancy prevention or termination is bad law. Signs that tell women that she should not abort, that people will give you money for your birth, and that link to sites that provide often incorrect abortion health risks are good law.
Only in the war on women.
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