In 2015 the Connecticut branch of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) cited a study it performed that it claimed proved Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) were a public hazard. The study was prompted by the increase in the number of CPCs to the extent that they outnumbered abortion clinics. The study is readily available to read here. To take the study objectively would require believing NARAL had no interest in defaming CPCs. Even if you could at first make that leap of faith, it is diminished when observing that the chief complaints are the mere existence of CPCs, the lack of abortion referrals, and the facts given about the health effects of abortions. The incredible irony of accusing CPCs of falsely marketing themselves as healthcare cannot be any thicker. At a press conference, NARAL, alongside Senator Richard Blumenthal, called for heavy regulation of CPCs, their advertising, and the withdrawal of funding. In short, CPCs were complicating the abortion business, and people were losing money.
From NARAL’s initial press release, which can be found here.
This year, in Hartford, CT, an abortion clinic (Hartford GYN) was vexed over a Catholic Crisis Pregnancy Center that opened its doors in the same courtyard. As expected, it wasn't long before they were waving around the NARAL report and going on the attack with anti-CPC propaganda, with the push to “expose fake clinics,” and they certainly aren't alone, with NARAL also using the hashtag.
Across the country, the war on Pregnancy Centers is a growing trend. The good news is that the movement indicates the pro-abortion of movement is increasingly nervous about the pro-life movement. The Pro-life movement is making an impact, and they are feeling it. Additionally, they are looking at a generation of Millennials who have a significant voice opposing abortion.
Despite their efforts to mainstream abortion, the desperate attacks on CPCs may demonstrate that they are hurting, far more than they would like to admit. The scandals of Planned Parenthood and the Gosnell trial no doubt exposed them for who they are. The “fake clinic” affronts on CPCs are no more than projections of their own fraudulent claims of being healthcare providers. The public knows what they do.
The success of the left's anti-CPC campaign hinges largely on the assumption that women are incapable of choice. It's pro-choice until that choice sets up a clinic on the same street or the same state or is successful in rescuing the unborn from the clutches of baby part peddlers. NARAL assumes it can make efforts to eliminate the choice and still maintain its cushy pro-choice label and no one will know better. It's wrong.
Beyond the choice matter, abortion advocates are worried a pregnant woman might accidentally walk into a Crisis Pregnancy Center instead of an abortion clinic and decide to keep her child. Could that happen? Let's hope so. Yet even the suggestion that it could by the left demonstrates that abortion clinics are well aware the service they are selling is repugnant.
That being said, it doesn't mean that there aren't consequences for CPCs. Because abortion clinics consider them a threat, they are bound to be the targets for the foreseeable future. It's essential to lend them support and closely watch legislation on all levels of government. It's also important not to underestimate the bigotry against Christians running some of these centers. The Health Board of King County, Washington imposed a new rule on Pregnancy Centers requiring them to post a sign declaring they are not health care providers. The goal is obvious. The CPCs in your state could be next.
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