Recently, pro-abortion blogger Amanda Marcotte wrote in opposition to the court decision which struck down New York City's anti-pregnancy center law. She makes the usual accusations against pregnancy centers, always citing personal testimonies from CPC Watch, which is not exactly an unbiased source. She takes them as gospel, but has no problem rejecting the video evidence against Planned Parenthood as "doctored" and "lies." For me, the absence of a Live Action-style attack against pregnancy centers-- with video, across many states-- speaks volumes.
But I digress. The central issue in this article is the claim that pregnancy centers "depend on deceiving women who walk through their doors into thinking they're going to get actual medical care"-- which, coming from Marcotte, means abortion. Sonograms, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, STD testing, and other services evidently don't count, since those are provided by many pregnancy centers.
Do pro-life centers and clinics depend on deception? There are thousands of pregnancy centers across the country, so it's always possible that there are some bad apples, but I don't believe that deceptive advertising is typical. Since Marcotte's rant was prompted by New York City, let's focus there. This is an advertisement for Expectant Mother Care, a pregnancy center with multiple locations in the big apple: This clearly advertises "Abortion Alternatives," not abortion. And, of course, no abortion business is free. There is absolutely nothing about this ad that would suggest that EMC is an abortion business. If a woman thinks that EMC is an abortion facility, it must be for reasons other than deliberate deception on EMC's part.
I suspect that, for some people, there's a thought process that goes something like this: "Here is a place that has something to do with crisis pregnancy. The only solution that's ever offered to women in my neighborhood is abortion. So maybe it's an abortion center." And who can blame them? Abortion centers far outnumber non-profit pregnancy help centers in New York City and other urban areas.
If you are pregnant and need assistance, visit BirthRight.org to find a secular pregnancy center or OptionLine.org to find a faith-based Christian center. If you're Jewish and live in the D.C./Maryland area, consider visiting In Shifra's Arms.