Press Statement From First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett on 10-1 Passage of San Francisco Board of Supervisors Ordinance Targeting Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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"The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve the final passage of an ordinance that seeks to repress and restrict speech by First Resort" - Shari Plunkett, First Resort CEO

First Resort provides all clients with full disclosure on the types of services we provide. The ordinance is vague about what constitutes “untrue or misleading” speech, but has severe penalties for what the government may view as a violation.

On Tuesday, October 25th the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10 - 1 to approve the final passage of an ordinance designed to outlaw false advertising by crisis pregnancy centers.

"This ordinance seeks to repress and restrict speech by our organization. The vote has a chilling effect on how and when we communicate with our clients, and as a result, improperly targets and harms First Resort and other pregnancy care centers in San Francisco," commented First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett.

"First Resort provides all clients with full disclosure on the types of services we provide. The ordinance is vague about what constitutes “untrue or misleading” speech, but has severe penalties for what the government may view as a violation. First Resort rejects in the strongest possible terms any representation that our communications mislead the women we serve," said Maria Martinez-Mont also with First Resort.

"Simply stated, the Board disagrees with the services we provide, and therefore seeks to limit what we say, and how we say it to the women we serve. The manufactured, unsupported accusations against First Resort aren’t a basis for new, heavy-handed legislation," Plunkett went on to say.

"It’s hard to believe that an attack on one group of pregnancy resource providers, but not another group with a competing message, would garner the support of the Board of Supervisors. It is an unfair and unnecessary law, and those who value free speech and a woman’s right to choose have lost today to local elected officials’ election year pandering to a national pro-choice women’s organization," Plunkett concluded.

First Resort, a non-profit pregnancy counseling and women’s health clinic, provides free medical services and has done so for over 19 years. Our trained professionals and medical specialists are committed to helping women make healthy, well-informed choices consistent with their own values and beliefs.

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