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H.R. 5052 (109th): Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 30, 2006 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 5052


March 30, 2006

(for herself, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Ackerman, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Wexler, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Crowley, and Ms. Woolsey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting fraudulent advertising of abortion services.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act.


Prohibition of fraudulent advertising of abortion services


Conduct prohibited

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Trade Commission shall promulgate rules to prohibit any person to advertise with the intent to deceptively create the impression that such person is a provider of abortion services if such person does not provide abortion services.



The Federal Trade Commission shall enforce the rules required under subsection (a) as if a violation of such rules were a violation of section 5(a)(1) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45(a)(1). The Commission shall enforce such rules in the same manner and by the same means, powers, and duties as though all applicable terms and provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act were incorporated into and made a part of this Act.



For purposes of the rules prescribed under section 2, the following definitions apply:



The term advertise means offering of goods or services to the public, regardless of whether such goods or services are offered for payment or result in a profit.


abortion services

The term abortion services means providing surgical and non-surgical procedures to terminate a pregnancy, or providing referrals for such procedures.



The term person has the meaning given such term in section 551(2) of title 5, United States Code.