The nationwide “war” on pro-life pregnancy assistance centers continues, spearheaded by the national abortion rights group, NARAL pro-choice America. UPDATE July 27: women helped at these centers to visit Congress
NARAL president Nancy Keenan has announced she has sent 59,000 signatures to the main two Internet directories (YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com) demanding they remove pregnancy center listings.
In an earlier email to supporters, Keenan had solicited the signatories, complaining about alleged internet fraud in that
pregnancy centers are “flooding the internet… to trick unsuspecting women…Their number one goal is to make women too guilty or scared to choose abortion by providing medical information that is inaccurate and manipulative. We need a federal bill to put an end to [these]deceptive ads everywhere.”
Lifenews.com reports that Keenan is pushing the so-called Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act, filed by abortion supporters, New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the House, and New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez in the Senate. Both versions would have the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fine pregnancy centers for supposedly engaging in false advertising. UPDATES: Pregnancy centers rebut deception charges here. And here. Keenan claims these pregnancy centers “do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion…[including] lies about abortion and condoms, guilt-trips, and harassing follow-up phone calls.”
But the truth is that it is the profit-making abortion centers that are committed to deceiving women about abortion harms and must continually work to defame and undermine their non-profit, pro-life “competitors.” New laws are cropping up to force only the pro-life centers to post large signage about services they do NOT provide.
No such laws have yet surfaced in the Kansas statehouse against our 72 volunteer-manned pregnancy centers (of which 19 offer free sonograms and connections for perinatal hospice). But censorship of internet ads are now a real threat under the abortion-driven agenda of the current administration and Congress.
Pro-life pregnancy centers aim to deter women from abortion, and must necessarily reveal the psychological and physical aftermath of abortion, including the raised risk for breast cancer and future premature and damaged pregnancies. These are facts that medical groups have acknowledged, though they are largely ignored in the mainstream press.
Even more repugnant to abortion clinics are the centers’ messages promoting abstinence, and the importance of fathers & family life. More about how government agencies cannot and will not fulfill the mission of these pregnancy centers in an upcoming post.