Roundup: CPCs on the Defensive

Beth Saunders

NARAL has crisis pregnancy centers in California running scared as Baltimore defends its posting requirements for CPCs. And in Utah, young women forget how to eat and seek medical care once they leave home, so they made a website.

NARAL Pro-Choice California has crisis pregnancy centers in a panic over their call for legislation to require the anti-abortion “clinics” to post a sign stating that they do not refer for abortion or birth control.  

“NARAL is really putting pressure” on the crisis pregnancy centers, said Carol Hogan, California Catholic Conference spokeswoman. (inadvertently?) makes an excellent case as to why the legislation should pass:

The cover letter to NARAL’s report on the centers, “Unmasking Fake Clinics: The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers in California,” notes that 41 percent of California counties do not have an abortion provider while 91 percent of California counties have at least one crisis pregnancy center.

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“Our daughters, granddaughters, nieces and friends are at risk of unknowingly turning to one of these centers seeking honest and accurate information,” Amy Everitt, NARAL Pro-Choice California state director, said in the letter. “Misleading women, especially those struggling with difficult decisions, is unacceptable.”

Ironically, Vicki Evans, respect life coordinator in the Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, says:

“NARAL’s use of ideology to trump science and medicine is bad enough, but its attempt to pass laws silencing those with opposing views is more alarming,” she said.

Wait a second, “ideology trumping science?” And defending “free speech?” Welcome to an alternate universe, where up is down, wet is dry, and cats and dogs are living together!

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, city officials are defending their notification requirements for crisis pregnancy centers in federal court. Last November, the city passed an ordinance the centers to post disclaimers that they do not provide or refer for abortion or birth control. The archdiocese then sued. The Baltimore Sun reports,

Attorneys from the city defended the law during the three-hour hearing, arguing that the signs protect expectant mothers who are seeking pregnancy information from being misled upon entering centers that oppose abortion.

Lawyers for the archdiocese argued that church counselors shouldn’t be forced to talk about procedures they disagree with, because any mention of abortion goes against what the church believes. Attorney David Kinkopf said the church was being targeted because of specific services it does not recognize as options, while other organizations were not mandated to offer alternative services, such as adoption.

But one of the arguments from the church is that they really DO provide birth control:

Sean Caine, Communications Director of the Archdiocese, says the law forces centers to say they don’t provide birth control, when they actually do.

“They provide education on abstinence,” says Caine. “They also provide information about natural family planning, which are both medically recognized as forms of birth control.”

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis is expected to make a ruling in a few months, but he said that “he believes people should know what services pregnancy centers offer and compared the law to the recently passed national legislation requiring credit companies to disclose interest information on long-term minimum payment plans.”

Mini-Roundup: The state of Utah has created a new website for young women’s health, that among other things, tells pre-pregnant women that “smart gals know when to take their vitamins.” Also, alcohol makes you ugly. Tell us, spokesperson, why is such a site necessary?

Many young women, “having relied on their mothers all their lives for maintaining health checkups and eating correctly, they leave home and they’re struggling with being able to assume that responsibility for themselves,” said Lois Bloebaum, who oversees the health department’s Maternal & Infant Health Program.

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August 4 and 5

Let’s have more nuanced debate on Kenya’s proposed constitution – The Guardian

Women’s groups to Congress: Allow ‘safe and legal abortion’ – GMA

Teaching our children about the ‘S’ word – The Express Tribune (blog)

Abortion ‘common among teenagers’ – Daily Nation

Keep the faith, Ms. Rice – change the venue – Washington Post (blog

‘Trust Women’ License Place Moves to Production Phase – Sun Gazette

GOP Senate candidate: No abortion in cases of rape or incest – Washington Post (blog)

Rights Group Denounces Illegality of Abortion in Philippines – New York Times

Watchdog rejects abortion ad complaints – Netdoctor

Archdiocese Of Baltimore Sues City Over Pro-Life Abortion Centers – WAMU

Arguments over city pregnancy center law heard in court – Baltimore Sun

Vote in Kenya: Why U.S. Abortion Debate has Become a Factor – ABC News

Elena Kagan twisted abortion statement – Chicago Daily Herald

Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested While Praying Outside Chicago Abortion Clinic – FOXNews

Marino questions Carney’s abortion stand – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

No apologies for being consistently pro-life – Washington Post (blog)

Free condom plan for students – Herald Sun

Sanjay legacy hurts family planning drive – India Today

NJ Effort To Override Cuts To Family Planning Fades; Ill. Faces Budget Cuts To … – Kaiser Health News

HIV-positive woman again charged with prostitution – Salt Lake Tribune

Texas: Thousands Treated to Free Concert for Knowing Their HIV/AIDS Status –

AIDS activists stage mock funeral in front of Pelosi’s house (VIDEO) – San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

South Carolina Prison Chief: Lawsuit Coming Over HIV Inmates –

AIDS 2010 for Dummies: An Entertaining Review –

China’s Prostitutes Rally For Legalization – Huffington Post (blog)

Into the Breach, Clad in Adolfo – New York Times

January Jones “Sucks It Up” for Emmy – ABC News

Woman shackled during labor ordered deported – Knoxville News Sentinel

Childbirth: Respiratory Distress in Premature Infants – New York Times

Watch Tower: A boon to new born life – Central Chronicle

Pitt County Hosts 2010 World Breastfeeding Celebration – WNCT

Working Moms Are Fine for Kids – New York Times (blog)

Tracing the Roots of Obesity Back to the Womb – TIME

AG to rule on Planned Parenthood funding question – News 8 Austin

Forsyth employees left guessing on abortion coverage – The Progressive Pulse (blog)

New measure allows licensed midwives to work independently – Glens Falls Post-Star

‘Crunchy Moms’ turn to Mother Earth – Dekalb Daily Chronicle

California pro-life pregnancy centers fight moves to regulate speech – The Catholic Review

IVF treatment: regulate, then fertilize – Globe and Mail

State aims to improve women’s reproductive health before pregnancy – Salt Lake Tribune

Program targets younger sisters of teen moms – Longmont Daily Times-Call

MTV reality star sisters to speak at teen summit – The News Journal

Sarah Palin’s daughter to speak at Sept. 28 Right to Life event in Visalia – Visalia Times-Delta

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