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Fake Abortion Service Shut Down in Louisiana

A man who has been running a fake abortion referral service for over 10 years was ordered to stop his misleading activities in a preliminary injunction granted Wednesday by a Louisiana US District Court. William Graham is an anti-abortion activist who promised to connect women seeking abortions with abortion providers, only to stall and create delays intended to prevent these women from ever receiving an abortion, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. Graham advertised his service under the name ÔCauseway Center for Women,’ a name deceptively similar to that of the legitimate Causeway Medical Clinic. The Causeway Medical Clinic and seven women duped by Graham are now suing him for false advertising, trademark infringement, and fraud. Of the seven women currently named in the lawsuit, five reported that they were forced to carry their pregnancies to term as a result of Graham’s deception. These women had either passed the point in their pregnancies where they could legally get an abortion, or they could no longer afford the cost of an abortion, which rises as a pregnancy progresses. Graham is a known anti-abortion activist, according to the New York Timesand is currently on probation for enrolling in Louisiana’s anti-AIDS condom distribution program only to throw out the 30,000 condoms he was supposed to distribute. Suzanne Novak, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Wednesday, “We are thrilled with the court’s decision today. Now William Graham can no longer terrorize women in Louisiana.” LEARN MORE about the National Clinic Access Project LEARN MORE Click here to read women’s narratives about barriers or successes in accessing reproductive health and family planning services. DONATE to protect the right to a safe, legal abortion

Sources:

New York Times 8/5/04; Center for Reproductive Rights 8/3/04

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