Let's start with the facts:
- Your tax dollars are being used to spread those lies.
- Ideological conservatives are endangering the lives of young people, especially women, by replacing provable public health data with their beliefs, and pretending they are facts.
A report released earlier this week by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) details the findings of young women who went to federally funded crisis pregnancy centers to learn about how your tax dollars were being spent. They found that a whopping 87 percent of the centers provided false or misleading information about abortion.
It's one thing to believe that abortion is not a choice you would make, to encourage alternatives like adoption, and even to work to restrict abortion … though clearly many people would disagree with you. But producing false and misleading information about abortion achieves only one thing: it proves the duplicity and inherent weakness of the so-called "pro-life" movement's argument because any political thought or policy that must rely on lies to justify its existence is shallow at best.
If you believe in something, the truth should be persuasive enough for others to follow. And if you have to frighten young women, stigmatize and shame them to get them to join you, then perhaps there is something inherently suspect about the argument to begin with.
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