What is NIFLA?
This case was brought by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), an anti-choice nonprofit, and two of its member “pregnancy centers,” challenging California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act. NIFLA says its vision is “achieving an abortion-free America.” NIFLA also notes that it pursues legal action at the state and national levels to support its fake women’s health centers.
What is the FACT Act?
The FACT Act is a straightforward law that helps provide important, accurate, and honest information to pregnant women; makes sure anyone who claims they provide medical advice and/or medical care is held to a high standard of honesty and professionalism; and makes sure women receive accurate information about their full range of options and programs related to pregnancy and family planning.
Decisions about a pregnancy are time sensitive, so it’s critical that women and their families get timely and accurate information about all of their options. Nobody should deceive a pregnant woman about her health or give the runaround to women looking for factual information. The FACT Act helps women and their families by providing them information about comprehensive family planning services, including prenatal care, birth control, and abortion, offered by the state of California.
The comprehensive, honest information that would be displayed at fake women's health centers because of the FACT Act.
Those who advertise and represent themselves as health care professionals should not be allowed to deceive women, lie about medical facts, and perform invasive medical care to manipulate women, period. Women seeking health care or counseling during pregnancy require and deserve accurate and unbiased information. The FACT Act helps women identify Fake Women’s Health Centers so they seek medical advice and medical care from actual health care providers who can provide the real medical care that should be available to all women. And it makes sure women are aware of all of their options, so they get the care they need and can make decisions that are right for them and their families.
Think about it this way: states require licenses and posted notices for many different kinds of businesses, from auto repair shops to nail salons. It is only reasonable for the state to also require accurate information to be posted by facilities that advertise they provide something as important as pregnancy-related health care services. These are common sense rules that protect everyone.