Should an organization opposed to abortion be allowed to advertise that it provides "abortion services"?
Of course not. But anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) have used this trick to fool women for years.
We need action in Congress to stop the lies for good. Tell Rep. Carolyn Maloney to support a new bill that will protect women from CPCs' manipulative advertisements.
Our campaign is already off to a fantastic start. Yesterday, my team sent our letter with more than 59,000 signatures to YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com asking them to remove misleading CPC ads from their sites. But anti-choice CPCs are still blanketing buses, billboards, and even the airwaves with their falsehoods.
Now we must take the next step. We need a federal bill to put an end to deceptive CPC ads everywhere.
Many CPCs do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion. We've heard it all: lies about abortion and condoms, guilt-trips, and harassing follow-up phone calls.
But before a CPC can inflict emotional damage on women, they must get them in the door. And that's where the false ads come in.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is trying to change all that. She's introduced a bill, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act, that would finally hold CPCs accountable for false advertising by allowing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to penalize CPCs that advertise abortion-care services or counseling that they do not offer.
Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act today.
It's fine for groups that oppose abortion to advertise. But they shouldn't be allowed to advertise abortion services that they clearly don't provide. And many CPCs have crossed this line for years.
How long will we let CPCs mislead women?
We need more members of Congress – including Rep. Carolyn Maloney – to speak up loudly in support of this bill so that women stop being deceived.
We are working to end these lies from every angle – and that means getting our lawmakers involved, too. Take action today.
My heart sinks every time I hear about a woman who was forced to hear lies and lectures from a CPC when what she needed was the truth. The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act can protect women seeking real health care from being tricked into going to an anti-choice CPC.
We need to give this effort everything we've got. Thank you for all you do to protect a woman's right to choose.
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America