July 21, 2022

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill Attacking Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation that would attack pro-life pregnancy centers by issuing significant fines for advertising with "misleading statements."

The "Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act," otherwise known as the "SAD Act," would "direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting disinformation in the advertising of abortion services, and for other purposes."

The SAD Act directs the FTC to create rules prohibiting pro-life pregnancy centers from "advertising with the use of misleading statements related to the provision of abortion services." If this bill passes, bureaucrats working for the Biden administration would be able to define "misleading statements."

In addition to other penalties, pregnancy centers that violate any FTC rules created by this law would be ordered to pay a hefty fine. This fine would either be $100,000 or 50% of the revenues earned over the past 12 months (whichever is larger). Most pro-life pregnancy centers are charitable organizations that offer their services for free. They rely on donations from pro-life advocates to do their work.

Sen. Warren tweeted on June 27, “With Roe gone, it’s more important than ever to crack down on so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that mislead and deceive patients seeking abortion care.” The text of her bill also describes pro-life pregnancy centers as “anti-abortion organizations that present themselves as comprehensive reproductive health care providers with the intent of discouraging pregnant people from having abortions.”

Pro-life pregnancy centers aim to provide resources and alternatives for families to raise children rather than abort them. This legislation primarily seeks to punish charities that abortion clinics see as competition.