Stop Deceptive Advertising By Crisis Pregnancy Centers!
The “Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women Services Act” before Congress would crack down on facilities that deceptively advertise abortion services that they do not provide
In 2013, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), called on Congress to pass the “Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act” (SDAWS).
The SDAWS Act would give the Federal Trade Commission the ability to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) that use underhand and dishonest tactics to deter women from having abortions, aggressively encouraging them to carry their pregnancies to term. Under the legislation, FTC would have the authority to examine the claims and practices of CPCS as it would with any other business.
“No woman deserves to be misled or lied to about legal, medical, and family planning services,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act would prevent so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers from falsely advertising abortion services in an attempt to interfere with women’s constitutional rights.”
“Most people find it shocking that anti-choice groups can set up shop posing as real health clinics and provide pregnant women with outright false information about their health and their options. Women, as consumers and as patients, deserve transparent access to safe, accurate, and legitimate reproductive medical care,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NYC.
Through biased information, scare tactics and blatant lies, CPCs deprive women seeking pregnancy-related services of prenatal care, effectively increasing chances of risky, late-term abortions. Additionally, staff at CPCs discourage safe and effective forms of contraceptives; provide incorrect and incomplete information about options such as adoption and abortion; and use deceptive images and video to deter women from choosing abortion.