LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that persistent enforcement efforts by his office and the Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs have resulted in full compliance by all six so-called crisis pregnancy centers in Los Angeles, including those that were previously found to be in violation of a new state law requiring important disclosures for women seeking key information affecting their reproductive choices.
"Women have the right to accurate information about their reproductive choices," said Feuer. "I'm proud of our work to ensure each L.A. pregnancy center complies with this important disclosure law. We'll be vigilant in ensuring they continue to follow it."
In May, the City Attorney sent letters to six reproductive health facilities in Los Angeles, informing them of their legal obligations under California Health and Safety Code Sections 123470-123473, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (Reproductive FACT ACT). The FACT ACT was intended to assure women are fully informed of the existence of public programs that provide free or low-cost access to family planning services, prenatal care and abortions. According to the law, all licensed facilities that offer family planning or pregnancy-related services are required to post and disseminate information to clients, on-site at the time of check-in or arrival, on services provided as well as alternative accommodations that provide contraception, prenatal care and abortion for eligible women. Facilities offering family planning counseling which are not licensed as medical facilities must disclose that they are unlicensed.
Following up on the letters in July 2016, Feuer’s office and investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Business and Consumer Affairs discovered that one licensed facility and two unlicensed facilities were not complying with the FACT ACT. At that time the City Attorney sent notices of violation to the three facilities, advising that they had 30 days in which to cure the violations. All of those facilities are now in compliance.
An additional facility, Avenues Pregnancy Clinic in Hollywood, was citied in August 2016 with failing to comply with notice requirements at their facility. A subsequent follow up inspection by the City Attorney’s Office on September 26, 2016 verified that proper signage with all required information has been posted in the lobby of the facility.