Rep. Maloney on Fake Women’s Health Centers Case at the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act, released the following statement after attending the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, No. 16-1140.
“Fake women’s health centers across this country have been luring pregnant women through their doors by claiming to provide comprehensive healthcare services, but in reality these fake clinics are just fronts for the anti-choice movement with the goal of dissuading women from having abortions. Often there are no medical professionals on premises. We need laws like California’s FACT Act and my Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act because it is not acceptable to lie to women and rob them of their right to truthful information about the reproductive healthcare to which they are entitled.
“This issue was brought to my attention when a young woman told me her story, of visiting what she believed was a Planned Parenthood clinic, but instead was a fake women’s health center. This center fraudulently displayed the colors and logo of Planned Parenthood in their windows to mislead women looking for care. Instead of meeting with qualified health professionals who would give her accurate and comprehensive information about her healthcare options, the employees at this so-called clinic told her that an abortion would cause cancer and other harmful mental and physical health consequences. This is not okay. The last thing pregnant women should have to worry about is being intimidated, lied to or preyed upon when they are seeking care. We would not tolerate this in any other area of healthcare, and healthcare for women should be no different.”