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  •  Good point. Question for lawyers. (23+ / 0-)

    Are they practicing medicine without a license? Either by impersonating a medical clinic or by giving medical advice?

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 08:55:42 AM PDT

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    •  It was either in the Salon article or this one (3+ / 0-)
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      from The Atlantic, but I'm pretty sure I read that some of these "counseling" outfits are playing the "free speech" card -- saying they are giving advice and not practicing medicine.

      In 20 years the GOP will demand the VRA be reinstated to protect their rights.

      by here4tehbeer on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:47:55 PM PDT

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      •  They have used it to win law suits but ... (2+ / 0-)
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        they haven't won them all.

        When San Francisco passed an ordinance against false and misleading advertising by so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), First Resort, a chain of CPCs in the San Francisco Bay area, immediately sued under First Amendment provisions.  

        Their website makes it sound like they provide abortions and they're the first paid advertiser to come up when you google "abortion provider San Francisco."

        One source for the above:
        http://blogs.sfweekly.com/...

        San Francisco is not the first city to attempt to prevent CPCs from spreading misinformation, but it is the first to succeed. Laws attempting to regulate CPCs have been struck down in other cities like Baltimore and New York City. And in many parts of the country, crisis pregnancy centers have powerful allies in elected officials. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has said he hopes to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in his state and replace them with crisis pregnancy centers that don’t provide the same health services.
        Source for the above:
        http://thinkprogress.org/...

        The battle is also being fought on Yelp where pro-choicers' reviews contrast with bogus reviews written by anti-choicers.
        http://www.yelp.com/...

        To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

        by Eyesbright on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:33:24 PM PDT

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        •  It's good to know that there's at least some (1+ / 0-)
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          solid action trying to keep these clowns in check.

          I'd think this might come into play as well...

          Sec. 238.0 Bait advertising defined.1

          Bait advertising is an alluring but insincere offer to sell a product or service which the advertiser in truth does not intend or want to sell. Its purpose is to switch consumers from buying the advertised merchandise, in order to sell something else, usually at a higher price or on a basis more advantageous to the advertiser.

          In 20 years the GOP will demand the VRA be reinstated to protect their rights.

          by here4tehbeer on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 05:00:33 PM PDT

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          •  Their services are usually free ... (0+ / 0-)

            or so they claim (I can imagine them asking for donations), so bait advertising probably wouldn't apply.

            Other than that, good thinking!!

            To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

            by Eyesbright on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 05:52:04 PM PDT

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    •  Well, Nestle got into a whole lot of trouble (2+ / 0-)
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      for having sales rep dressed up as nurses to get mothers in developing countries hooked on using baby formula.  Most of the pressure they faced was that of a massive boycott, but there may have been some legal pressure in some countries too. I know in Papua New Guinea, for example, you could only get infant formula by doctor's prescription.

      Practicing law or medicine without a license is something that should be looked into.

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