There is an escalating national attack on free pregnancy care centers through legislation requiring they immediately inform visitors of services they do NOT perform. We have not yet seen any such bills filed at our Statehouse this session.
Abortion supporters claim that pro-life maternity centers use ‘deceptive advertising,’ such as the billboard/ bumper sticker shown. Without even one citizen complaint of deceit or disservice, Baltimore enacted a bill that fines pregnancy centers $150 per day if they don’t post a sign saying they don’t provide abortions! UPDATE March 30: Baltimore diocese sues biased pregnancy center law.
Bills in Virginia and Washington will similarly force pro-life centers to immediately inform all visitors they do not perform or refer women for abortions, do not provide contraception, and are not legally required to maintain medical records.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore-D.C. area (Montgomery County, MD) imposed a requirement that pro-life pregnancy centers post a disclaimer saying they do not have medical professionals on staff. Lifenews.com reports that pregnancy centers there were publicly castigated as ‘misleading and misinforming’ poor pregnant women for advising that abortion risks future fertility, breast cancer and psychological trauma, which it does.
The Archdiocese of Washington, which supports four pregnancy centers in that area, charged that the new regulation unfairly targets a valuable safety net and undermines the centers’ good work solely because of their beliefs.
Such legislation is unnecessary and unwarranted, and a slap in the face to these volunteer-based, non-profit charities that have been serving their communities for years without complaint and play a critical role in providing a web of support to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
These regulations only serve the interests of abortion clinics, none of which are themselves required to post signs about what they do not provide; neither are they being scrutinized for presenting erroneous medical information.
Countless women have testified that they were lied to in abortion businesses, and video from LiveAction films catches abortion staff clearly misinforming pregnant women.
Kansas has 76 non-profit pregnancy help centers spread throughout the state and 19 of them offer free sonogram services. See map.
By contrast, there are 4 businesses for surgical and chemical abortion in Kansas: 2 in Overland Park, 1 in KCK, and 1 in Lawrence.