San Diego Won’t Crack Down on Crisis Pregnancy Centers — Yet

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors deadlocked on a proposal from Terra Lawson-Remer Tuesday aimed at cracking down on what she calls “fake” and sometimes “dangerous” crisis pregnancy centers.

According to the supervisor, these facilities pretend to offer reproductive healthcare advice, but their only aim is discouraging abortions.

“They do not offer any prenatal services. They do not offer a full range of healthcare to women. They instead try to prevent women from exercising their right to seek healthcare services and to seek an abortion," Lawson-Remer said. 

The proposal called for the county to explore lawsuits against these centers. The item was not approved, as the board deadlocked 2-2. Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas supported the proposal, while Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond voted against it.

Lawson-Remer indicated she will reintroduce the proposal at a later date. Following yesterday’s special election, the board is getting another progressive member. Monica Montgomery Steppe appears to have handily won the race for District 4