Crisis Pregnancy Center Bill Announcement!

Atlanta, GA, Monday, February 11, 2019

SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, Inc. is excited to announce that our work around Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)—aka Fake clinics—is moving forward with HB 188; which will put an end to the grant program that gives 2 million dollars from our state budget to unregulated CPCs.

These clinics exist to shame people away from making the decision of obtaining an Abortion, as well as, give misleading information around Abortion, Sexual and Reproductive Health. State Representative Renitta Shannon —who is a Reproductive Justice champion—has sponsored the legislation and we look forward to working with her to move this piece of legislation forward.

A link to access HB188 is posted below.

SPARK will highlight this bill and speak more about what it entails at our upcoming “LegislateThis!” annual advocacy day at the State Capitol. Come meet Rep. Shannon who will also deliver the keynote speech.

To attend, please register via the link below.

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SPARK Responds to NIFLA v. Becerra Supreme Court Ruling

Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, June 27, 2018: In its ruling on National Institute of family Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the Supreme Court neglected its duty to uphold laws that protect the reproductive rights of all Americans. The Court ruled 5-4 against California’s FACT Act which required fake women’s clinics, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to disclose to patients that they are not licensed medical providers (where applicable) and to provide accessible information as to the availability of state sponsored comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The law was a common-sense response to the dishonest tactics used by CPCs to hinder persons seeking abortions.

CPCs are religiously backed organizations that pose as legitimate medical providers to lure persons seeking an abortion. Currently, CPCs legally lead patients to believe they offer abortion services, provide false statistics as to the risks associated with abortion, and emotionally strong arm those seeking help at a vulnerable time into making a decision that is at odds with their best interests. These fake clinics are a clear and direct threat to the reproductive health of the young, low income, and POC communities they target. Black women in Georgia are now three to four times as likely as white women to die in childbirth. We must focus on improving maternal health outcomes and that includes taking power from entities like CPCs that contribute to the maternal mortality rate for women of color by blocking access to reproductive healthcare.

Fake clinics argue that being required to give complete accurate information infringes on their freedom of speech. However, SPARK believes that the right to accurate information about healthcare options supersedes any ‘right’ an entity may claim to be maliciously dishonest.

SPARK commends California for standing up to fake clinics and pledges to continue combatting the harm these centers do to the communities we serve. In the face of this setback we will amplify our efforts to raise awareness of all threats to reproductive justice and freedom. We will work tirelessly with our allies in activism and grass-roots organizing to make ourselves a force against the growing reach of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

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What are “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”?

“Scared? Pregnant? We can Help.” If you have seen these billboards, then you have seen advertising for Crisis Pregnancy Centers aka Fake Women’s clinics. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) have become a battleground between the pro-life and pro-choice movements. These centers falsely (yet legally) present as clinics in an attempt to lure in persons seeking an abortion and persuade them to carry their pregnancy to term …KEEP READING