LA City Attorney Vows to Enforce Abortion Notice Law

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office will enforce a controversial state law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients that abortion could be an option for them. Crisis pregnancy centers are nonprofit clinics that usually don’t inform clients about abortion, and according to multiple investigations, often try to dissuade pregnant women from seeking abortions. Under the new law – the Reproductive FAIR Act – however, crisis pregnancy centers must post notices informing clients that the state of California offers low-cost and free abortion assistance. Challengers to the law argue that it violates their first amendment rights of free expression and religion. There are five ongoing legal challenges to the law, and some cities across the state have decided not to enforce it at least until the challenges are resolved in court.

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