AB 315: Frivolous Lawsuits Against Pregnancy Centers

AB 315 would create a private right of action, allowing lawsuits against a pregnancy center for undefined speech that is “false or misleading advertising” about abortion. We agree that advertising about abortion should be transparent and not misleading. But the background information on this bill calls pregnancy centers “fake clinics”, and it will force transparent, exemplary centers to shut down due to frivolous lawsuits. Pregnancy centers in California provide $14.2 million in free services for hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable California families. They offer free medical care, social service referrals, and material assistance and the Catholic community has long supported their critical work. They should be supported in their work, not slandered.

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