Your action is needed NOW. CPC Bill is on the House Health and Human Services Committee Agenda November 14.
A dangerous bill is rapidly advancing through the Florida Legislature and we need your help to stop it. House Bill 41 would make permanent a program that funds so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), most often run by organizations opposed to abortion – not medical professionals. CPCs have been known to use medically inaccurate or incomplete information and intimidation tactics to dissuade women from obtaining abortions.
CPCs have even withheld essential, often life-saving, reproductive health information from women who are tricked into thinking they are visiting an objective medical facility. There are more than 120 such entities in Florida. We are not questioning their right to exist, but we oppose CPCs receiving State funding or State credentialing. For more information on CPCs, view this 18-minute expose by Vice News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ex4Q-z-is
The CPC bill is on the House Health and Human Services Committee agenda this Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00am. The Senate companion has already passed through one committee stop, and this will be the only opportunity we have for public testimony in the House. It’s absolutely critical you speak out today.
Please take a moment to use the Planned Parenthood email system to efficiently message all lawmakers on the House Health and Human Services Committee and urge them to oppose House Bill 41.
Or, phone them! CLICK HERE for a complete phone list of House HHS Committee members.
The League of Women Voter’s position that “public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices” upholds the idea that when a woman has decided to seek birth control or discuss her reproductive health options, she deserves to be able to access that care from a qualified medical provider. She does not deserve to be tricked, judged, or shamed. But these fake clinics too often judge, shame, and intentionally try to trick women out of getting the care they are seeking.
What’s worse, although Crisis Pregnancy Centers oppose abortion and contraception and therefore will not provide comprehensive counseling or referrals, their advertising and outward appearances are frequently calculated to deceive women into believing they will be able to access a full range of reproductive health care services.
Our tax dollars should not be spent misleading women and endangering their health. With your help, we stopped a similar bill last legislative session, but your voice is needed now more than ever.
Contact the House Health and Human Services Committee members now in opposition to House Bill 41.
The League of Women Voters will keep defending Floridian women’s access to medically accurate information, as well as access to the full range of reproductive health care services.
Pamela Goodman, President
Amy Weintraub, Chair
Reproductive Health & Justice Action Team