Supreme Court Strikes Down California’s Reproductive FACT Act in Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights

The California Women’s Law Center is disappointed by the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision that California’s Reproductive FACT Act is likely to be unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.

Passed by the California legislature in 2015, the FACT Act sought to protect pregnant women from the deceptive and harmful practices of “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) by ensuring pregnant women in California are given accurate and complete information about their reproductive and healthcare options. These anti-choice centers often make false claims about the services they offer and the effects of choosing an abortion or using contraceptives. CWLC noted in our amicus brief submitted to the Court earlier this year, that CPCs often target low-income women and women of color to dissuade them from exercising their right to choose.

The Court’s decision will allow CPCs deceptive practices to continue and sets a dangerous precedent for reproductive rights in the Trump era. Additionally, our concern for women’s health was underscored yesterday with the announcement about the changing dynamics of the Court.

CWLC joins with our allies throughout the state and across the country in the ongoing fight for safe and accessible reproductive healthcare options for women and girls. We believe women deserve unbiased information about their pregnancies and their reproductive care so they can make informed and healthy choices.

The California Women’s Law Center remains committed to defending that right. Now, more than ever, we must work together to ensure women can exercise their reproductive rights and are given complete and accurate information about their healthcare.

To read CWLC’s amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra on February 28, click here. To support CWLC in our ongoing fight for justice for women and girls in California, click here.