Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
WASHINGTON–The Supreme Court has ruled in the NIFLA v. Becerra case that fake women’s health centers can continue to lie, discriminate and deceive women who seek a full range of reproductive health care services. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s hand-picked Justice, Neil Gorsuch, delivered the deciding vote against women.
So-called “crisis pregnancy” centers are political, not medical entities. They were created to promote the anti-abortion agenda of religious extremists. The California legislature found that the nearly 200 centers in the state used “intentionally deceptive advertising and counseling practices that often confuse, misinform, and even intimidate women from making fully-informed, time-sensitive decisions about critical health care.”
To counter these propaganda factories designed as clinics, California required them to post notices that free or low-cost abortion, contraception, and prenatal care are available through public programs. The Supreme Court has struck down that requirement, giving a green light to ideologues who would hijack the public health system for their own political agendas.
Donald Trump has a vision for the Supreme Court that is dangerous to women’s health. He has set the Supreme Court down an anti-abortion road that will surely lead to an attempt to repeal Roe v. Wade. We will oppose Trump’s anti-choice appointments to state and federal courts, and to the Supreme Court. Junk science and religious extremism have no place in our legal system or our politics. Women deserve the truth.
Dee Donavanik, email@example.com, (951) 547-1241