Event: NWL’s General Meeting
Where: 200 NE 1st St, suite 201
When: Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
by Keri Audette
On June 27, SCOTUS ruled that Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) no longer have to disclose to their patrons that they are not licensed medical facilities and will retain the ability to mislead women regarding the services they provide.
The case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, was decided on a 5-4 vote, citing First Amendment rights as grounds for overturning a California law requiring CPCs to post notices that free or low cost abortion, birth control, and prenatal services are available through state programs.
In February of this year, Florida legislators in Tallahassee voted to legitimize CPCs by requiring that the Florida Department of Health contract with CPC parent organization, the Florida Pregnancy Care Network. They will now have a direct line of funding that they can use to continue spreading misinformation and to coerce women using medically inaccurate “counseling.”
Additionally, CPCs will now be able to tout the Florida Department of Health logo on advertisements and signage, further confusing women seeking medical resources, with the dangerous potential of delaying needed health care.
While this news does not bode well for reproductive rights, the Gainesville chapter of National Women’s Liberation (NWL) continues to spread the truth about CPCs locally.
Since August of 2017, NWL has held three protests outside of local fake clinic, Sira, on NW 13th Street in Gainesville.
NWL plans to continue warning the community and expose CPCs for what they are – centers intent on misleading women.
Self-identified women of all races are invited to NWL’s next general meeting, to be held Tuesday, July 10 at 200 NE 1st St., suite 201 (enter through downstairs garage) at 6:30 p.m.
Come out to help fight male supremacy and gain more freedom for women! Learn more at www.womensliberation.org. D