For immediate release: October 31, 2017
NARAL Pro-Choice California state director Amy Everitt issued the following statement in response to the Superior Court of California decision in Scharpen Foundation v. Kamala Harris undermining the Reproductive FACT Act:
“This decision is a blow to California women, who deserve to have accurate information about their reproductive health options. The anti-choice groups behind these lawsuits are hell-bent on chipping away at our reproductive freedom and are using the courts to roll back historic protections for women and our families. It tells you all you need to know about these anti-choice groups’ agenda that they are suing to keep basic healthcare information from women.
The Reproductive FACT Act was a landmark law that balanced the compelling interest to share information that impacts women’s health with organizations’ ability to freely express their views. Today, the court trampled on the will of California voters who overwhelmingly support the FACT Act.”
The Reproductive FACT Act (AB 775) was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. It was authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) and sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California, then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Black Women for Wellness. The Reproductive FACT Act requires that licensed clinics provide clients with information about California’s comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion services and notify patients about available financial assistance and contact information for the county social services office. It also requires unlicensed facilities that provide pregnancy-related care to inform clients that they are not a licensed medical facility and do not have a licensed provider on staff. Four federal courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals previously denied requests for preliminary injunctions blocking implementation of the Reproductive FACT Act.