San Francisco: End False Adverstising from Fake Clinics
  • Petitioned Jane Kim

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San Francisco City Supervisor
Jane Kim
San Francisco City Supervisor
Sean Elsbernd
San Francisco City Supervisor
Scott Wiener
San Francisco City Supervisor
David Campos
San Francisco City Supervisor
Eric Mar
San Francisco City Supervisor
Mark Farrell
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
David Chiu
San Francisco City Supervisor
Carmen Chu
San Francisco City Supervisor
John Avalos
San Francisco City Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi

San Francisco: End False Adverstising from Fake Clinics

    1. Petition by

      Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights

October 2011


Somer Leon decided that she didn't want one more San Francisco woman tricked by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). With her volunteer group, the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR), Leon launched a campaign on, calling for truth-in-advertising legislation that would bar these "fake clinics" from claiming non-existent services.

The campaign pointed out that 87% of CPCs mislead or lie to patients, luring in pregnant women with false advertising about offering comprehensive reproductive health care, only to pursue a conservative religious agenda. They lack trained medical personnel, don't provide advertised services, and deceive patients with fabrications about abortion leading to breast cancer, mental illness, and infertility.

The bill passed the local Board of Supervisors with overwhelming support on October 25, 2011. BACORR's petition received credit during a Board for demonstrating significant support for the bill.

BACORR's victory has inspired similar petitions across the country, with individuals asking their local governments to put a stop to deceptive tactics by CPCs and protect women's rights.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) advertise abortion services, yet offer none and misinform their patients about the risks of birth control and abortions. They operate under deceptive public health practices. According to a Congressional study, 87% of these fake clinics provide inaccurate and misleading information by claiming that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, infertility, drug addiction and mental illnesses - including suicide.

Supervisor Malia Cohen has introduced a bill that makes it illegal for CPCs to falsely advertise pregnancy-related services as abortion services to lure in women and manipulate them. This is a bill about consumer protection and truth-in-advertising.

When passed, this legislation will clarify the services CPCs provide. Women will no longer be tricked into going to these fake clinics nor subject to delayed essential medical care.

Sign this petition to tell the SF Supervisors to stop fake advertising by fake clinics!

Recent signatures


    1. Victory Rally this Saturday, January 21, 2012 in San Francisco!!

      Thanks to all your hardwork, we're celebrating this victorious legislation with a rally in San Francisco! Alex, senior organizer from, will speak about this campaign and others like it that are requiring honest advertising from CPCs! Other speakers include California State Senators, SF Supervisors, Pro-choice Groups and musicians. Family, friendly, our event kicks off at 11 am at Justin Herman Plaza in SF and goes until 1 pm! Hope to see you there!!

    2. IN EFFECT!

      Hi All, the legislation in now in effect! Thanks to your involvement, crisis pregnancy centers are being held accountable for their advertising practices!

    3. SUCCESS!! The legislation passed 10-1!

      Thanks to all of your hard work, the legislation passed the initial vote yesterday, 10-1! We're celebrating, but continuing to keep a close eye on the legislation in case it goes to court. Here's to truth-in-advertising and consumer rights!

    4. Tuesday Oct 18th - Supervisors VOTE ON LEGISLATION!

      If you're local to the Bay Area, please come out and support the many supervisors in favor of this legislation!

      Oct 18th
      SF City Hall in the Board of Supervisor Chambers

    5. Share your support in person - Thursday 9/22 & next Monday! 9/26

      We're delivering the petitions Thursday, Sept 22nd. If you're local, please join us at 9:15 am on the steps of City Hall!

      Also, join us next Monday, Sept 26th at City Hall at 10:00 am, in Room 263 to publicly comment before the voting committee!

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Delivering the Petition this Week!

      Hi All - thank you for signing this petition! We're less than 20 signatures away from our goal of 1,500! We will be delivering this petition to the SF Board of Supervisors THIS WEEK so please help us reach our goal! Thanks for your awesome work!

    8. Supervisor Cohen's legislation gaining support!

      Good News! Supervisor Cohen's Legislation is being co-sponsored by four other board members, including Board President David Chiu!

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Nearly 900 signatures!

      SF Supervisor John Avalos has stated his support for this legislation....only 9 more supes to go! Keep up the good work everyone!

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. Over 150 signatures...nearly a third of the way there!!

      Thank you to those who have signed the petition! Please continue to share this petition on your facebook, email and twitter accounts. We're excited to see these clinics finally follow truth-in-advertising ordinances and stop deceiving women!

    13. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kathryn Dexter HENDERSONVILLE, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      A close friend of myself and my younger sister had an abortion under perfectly reasonable circumstances. She also fell victim to one of the "religious agenda" clinics, and after the drugs had already been administered and the anesthesia begun, the hateful people at that clinic FORCED this girl to view a 3d ultrasound of the child. Not only was that absolutely cruel, but only extremists such as these would have to resort to a drugged, fully restrained person upon which to inflict their warped views. She is forever traumatized from that, and NO person should ever have to bear that. It seems to follow suit for these hateful people that their logic is that GUILT is an acceptable motivation to have a child - rather than respecting the difficult and responsible choices of these women to not give birth to a child that they can't give a good, stable home to. One need only look at the overflowing domestic state-run foster homes with children who have NEVER known any of those things to see that often times, adoption is NOT a logical (or responsible) choice.

    • Lissa Small OTTAWA, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      As a high school counselor, I have talked to scared young woman who have had to listen to the volunteers at the local Crisis Pregnancy center tell them that they are "sinners" and must repent of their sinful ways, and that their pregnancy is God's punishment on them....needless to say I no longer refer anyone to the center and tell everyone what they are up to there.

    • Nancy Fomenko CAMPBELL, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      These so-called "do-gooders" have been around for years. They need the light of day shined on their shady activities.

    • Tiffany Tedesco LONG BEACH, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      CHOICE should not be mislead.

    • Brianna Schwanke REDWOOD CITY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Women deserve medically accurate, science-based information so that they can make the best choices for themselves. Currently these clinics pass of their religious biased information as if it is medically accurate with the goal of convincing women to not have abortions, event though it is their legal right to make that choice if they want to. We need to make sure that patients know that when they walk into these clinics they are not being given the latest, factual medical information, and that the clinic's main goal is to reduce the # of abortions.


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