OAKLAND – California Attorney General Bonta today led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in an open letter supporting Yelp’s efforts to ensure that consumers are provided with clear and accurate information about the limitations of services and staffing offered by Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). Yelp has provided notices on CPCs’ Yelp pages notifying consumers that CPCs do not provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare. In the letter, the coalition supports Yelp’s efforts to provide accurate information to consumers who utilize the platform to find reproductive healthcare providers.
“In this post-Dobbs era, as many states across the nation continue to restrict access to comprehensive reproductive health and abortion care, it is essential that consumers have access to timely and accurate information about how and where to access reproductive health services,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Consumers should be armed with the facts when they make decisions about their health, or when they choose a healthcare provider. The fact is that Crisis Pregnancy Centers do not offer comprehensive reproductive healthcare services or access to abortion care or referrals, and often rely on deceptive tactics to lure in consumers. We support Yelp’s efforts to give consumers the information they need while making time-sensitive decisions about their healthcare providers.”
In the letter, the attorneys general support Yelp’s efforts to help educate consumers and ensure that patients are informed of what services are and are not available through CPCs, which ultimately protects the public health. Over the past decade, CPCs have proliferated in the coalition states, outnumbering abortion clinics by a three-to-one ratio. In the letter, the coalition points out that Yelp’s efforts to provide accurate notices about CPCs on its platform helps combat misinformation, benefits consumers, and is backed by evidence that shows:
Attorney General Bonta is committed to supporting, expanding, and protecting reproductive freedoms and ensuring equal access to quality, affordable healthcare. Weeks ago, he joined an amicus brief in the Supreme Court defending access to mifepristone, a safe and effective medication abortion pill. Last month, he announced a lawsuit against a national anti-abortion group, and a chain of five crisis pregnancy centers in Northern California alleging that the organizations used fraudulent and misleading claims to advertise an unproven and largely experimental procedure called “abortion pill reversal (APR)”. And in September, he filed a multistate amicus brief supporting the federal government's challenge to Idaho's radical abortion ban.
Joining Attorney General Bonta in the open letter are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and Washington.
A copy of the letter is available here.