The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States turned its back on women. By ruling in favor of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra in a 5-4 decision, they have found that fake women's health centers can lie to women with no disclosure. This decision weaponizes the First Amendment to attack the fundamental right of women to be free from propaganda and lies when making vital decisions about their health.
Low-income women and women of color, who already face unacceptable barriers to high-quality care, are specifically targeted by these centers and will suffer the most from the Supreme Court's actions today.
The NWHN supports the Reproductive FACT Act and believes pregnant people deserve complete and accurate information about their options when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. This act is just one step in the right direction toward ending the lies spread by CPCs and similar fake clinics.
This is a damaging decision that impacts reproductive rights and freedom for all. Women deserve the truth and we won’t stop fighting. The Supreme Court may have turned their back on women, but we here at the NWHN will always fight for what is right. We will continue to be a trusted voice for women. We will raise our voices when reproductive rights are under attack. We will continue to fight for you.
The National Women’s Health Network is supported by our members and by choice we do not accept financial support from drug companies or medical device manufacturers. We bring the voices, concerns and needs of women consumers to policy and regulatory tables.
Cindy Pearson was the NWHN’s Executive Director from 1996 to 2021. One of the nation's leading advocates for women's health, Cindy often testified before Congress, NIH and the FDA and was frequently featured in the news as a consumer expert on women’s health issues. When she retired, Cindy received a Congressional Resolution in honor of her outstanding contributions to the health of women and girls.