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‘We are outlawing misinformation.’ California bill goes after crisis pregnancy centers

Source: Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee

Nearly five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law aimed at preventing “crisis pregnancy centers” from misrepresenting the prenatal and abortion services they offer, a state lawmaker is trying again with a different approach. The original measure required centers to provide pregnant people seeking help with information about how the state offers free or low-cost prenatal and abortion-related care to qualified applicants. The Supreme Court ruled that this violated the center operators’ First Amendment rights. Assembly Bill 315, authored by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, was written with that ruling in mind, according to the lawmaker.