Austin becomes second city to pass ordinance targeting pregnancy care centers

Thank goodness I read Psalm 37 this morning, which I just had to reread. Otherwise I might be throwing things after reading this news story, from Statesman.com, today:

Pregnancy centers that don't offer or refer clients to abortion services or birth control services will now have to say that on signs posted at their facilities, the Austin City Council decided in a unanimous vote this morning.

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Council Member Bill Spelman [pictured left] proposed the idea because he said it can be unclear to visitors to the centers what services they offer. The centers are not medical clinics and typically offer adoption counseling, pregnancy tests and financial assistance to women with unplanned pregnancies, but not other services, Spelman said.

Baltimore is the only other city in the nation that has passed a similar law.... It won't affect Planned Parenthood clinics or local or state health clinics that provide or refer clients to abortion and birth control services....

[C]enter operators won't be arrested if they violate the law. They could be cited for a code violation - a Class C misdemeanor that would be handled through municipal court - and face fines of up to $450 per offense.

What Class A jerks. How much clearer can it be that pro-aborts have a preborn death wish?

Meanwhile, bravo to Baltimore's Catholic Church leadership. Reported the Washington Times today:

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the country's oldest crisis pregnancy center, claiming the city has enacted a biased ordinance that discriminates against pro-life organizations.

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In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, the archdiocese took on a new city ordinance - which had heavy backing from pro-choice and feminist groups - that requires crisis pregnancy centers to post prominent signs stating they do not dispense contraception nor perform abortions....

The archdiocese calls the ordinance a violation of free speech and exercise of religion and calls the language on the sign a "government-mandated disclaimer." The lawsuit claims that pro-life groups are targeted by this ordinance which "targets for speech regulation only one side of a contentious public, political debate."...

"Filing a federal lawsuit against the city is a big step and we wish the city had not put us in this position," [archdiocesan spokesman Sean] Caine said. "However, the principles at issue are so important and the ordinance so clearly violates the law that we felt we needed to file the lawsuit. We believe the ordinance targets these centers because of their pro-life mission."

The archdiocese also asserts the signs are forcing the CPCs to lie. The CPCs do provide birth control - in a fashion - it said in the lawsuit, in terms of abstinence and natural family planning, a system by which couples time their sexual intimacy according to a woman's monthly cycle. It quotes a federal DHHS Web site as asserting that NFP and abstinence both constitute birth control.

Interesting last paragraph. I hope Austin pccs sue, too, and these cases are fast-tracked to the US Supreme Court to nip these unconstitutional pro-abort ordinances in the bud.

As a commenter wrote at Statesman.com, "Does this city council have any common business sense? Next they'll be requiring McDonald's to post signs that they don't serve pizza."

[Top photo via Statesman.com; bottom photo via ABC2news.com]


Comments:

This reminds me of the holocaust Jews being forced to wear yellow stars upon their clothing, making them easy targets for violence and discrimination.

Posted by: panda at April 8, 2010 7:22 PM


Why would crisis pregnancy centers want to hide the fact they don't offer abortion services? I thought that was the whole idea. They're not trying to get women in there under false pretenses, are they?

Posted by: Hal at April 8, 2010 7:25 PM


Lets make abortion facilities do the same! Lets make them admit they do not provide pre-natal care or let women actually SEE the ultrasound (didn't I read that someone said sometimes it placed where the woman's ovary is to trick the woman so she can't see the baby?). Nor do they tell the WHOLE truth when it comes to fetal development.


Austin should be ashamed of itself!

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at April 8, 2010 7:26 PM


Yes, Liz.
Abortion clinics could have signs that say we don't help with adoption or help you choose life for your baby nor do we offer you free formula, baby clothes, cribs, or maternity clothes.
Unless you abort you are on your own, woman! Good luck!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 8, 2010 7:32 PM


Bravo for Austin. If an organization claims to help women with their pregnancies, but then does not administer actual healthcare, then the disclaimer is a good idea. Let's see if it can hold-up in courts.

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 8, 2010 7:50 PM


Dhalgren: abortion = healthcare? Now there's an oxymoron. Abortion has nothing to do with health and everything to do with death.

Posted by: Max from Perth at April 8, 2010 8:00 PM


The pro-abortion forces tried this in Virginia and it backfired. Thank God. May other communities be inspired to fight this good fight and may they win.

http://www.lifenews.com/state4894.html

Posted by: Virginian at April 8, 2010 8:07 PM


Max, you are so incorrect. Family Planning is healthcare, pure and simple. Board-certified physicians administer it. Deal with it. Abortion is part of that care.

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 8, 2010 8:59 PM


Until the time that the lawsuit is resolved, perhaps it would be important for the pregnancy centers to post a second sign next to the government-mandated sign. The second sign would be larger than the first, would be more attractive and appealing and would list all of the services that the pregnancy center DOES provide. The second sign could be designed to "dwarf" the first. Whatever they throw at us, we can outwit them. Ultimately, they will not win. Ultimately, the truth will win out. Ultimately.

Posted by: Valerie at April 8, 2010 9:01 PM


I have seen some PP that does not say what services that they do and don't do for their visitors. I was attacked by a PP person and NARAL person because I asked them "So what do you do with a women after she has an abortion and needs help"
They told me that if a women feels sad they tell them to go to Yale Divinity. SAD!!! are you kidding me! Where's the love and compassion for that women. I Heard them( PP) say "They help the whole women" again "Are you kidding me". Pregnancy Centers(some)don't do abortions or refer, but saying that the centers I know of, when a girl comes into the centers they have to sign a form for services and in the form it boldly states "We don't refer or do abortions" they read that before they sign the form.

The centers I know of they don't take any gov't money, everything they do is free and confidential, they give clients all their options, and help with baby clothes,cribs, formula, maternity clothes, ultra sounds,free pregnancy tests, has a post-abortion program(healing after abortion)

Why doesn't Planned Parenthood do all of their services for free,even abortions. If they truly feel that they want to HELP women, why are they charging them? Did not PP get over Millions of dollars last year from the gov't and every year, so they get money from the gov't and then they charge their clients, mmmmm!!!?? Interesting!

Posted by: Pati Adams at April 8, 2010 9:04 PM


And if you want to administer healthcare, go to medical school and learn it. Otherwise, don't tell doctors, hospitals, and medical schools around the world what is and what isn't healthcare. From Thailand to to Canada. From the UK to New Zealand. Family Planning is a pillar of women's healthcare, and by extension, a pillar of a civilized society.

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 8, 2010 9:04 PM


I think they should put a sign out to the effect:

"Per Austin's City Council recent ruling, please be informed that we do not perform or refer for abortions, nor do we do oil changes, dry cleaning, haircuts, movie rentals. We also do not sell food or carry a liquor license. Thank you."

Posted by: Peg at April 8, 2010 9:12 PM


If these laws stick, then Planned Parenthood should also be required to post a disclaimer -

"Does not encourage women and men to become parents" OR,
"This is NOT a life-affirming organization" OR,
"We do not value the unborn as much as the born" OR,
"Woman come first, babies second"

Posted by: Janet at April 8, 2010 9:13 PM


Planned Parenthood should be forced to display a sign that reads:

"We do not care about babies, we murder and dismember them here instead."

Posted by: Bruce at April 8, 2010 9:14 PM


A civilized society doesn't kill the weakest and most vulnerable among them.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 8, 2010 9:15 PM


Hal,
Why does McDonalds want to hide the fact that they don't serve pizza? Just what is Ronald trying to hide? False pretenses, indeed!!!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 8, 2010 9:19 PM


Oh sure, Hal. Planned Parenthood doesn't have ANY false pretenses.

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at April 8, 2010 9:33 PM


Hi again Hal,

This is what it says in the yellow pages of my phone book

Abortion Alternatives
Businesses appearing at this heading provide assistance and/or information on abortion alternatives. They do not provide abortion services or information on obtaining an abortion.

One would think that the masses know already that abortion clinics provide abortions and pregnancy care centers do not. But yes we best get some LAWS on the books, eh?

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 8, 2010 9:38 PM


Oh, yeah, abortion is part of civilized society. You can almost see two proper Victorian gentlemen...

"I say, Nigel, has your wife ever had one of your children dismembered in the womb and extracted in pieces?"

Posted by: Marauder at April 8, 2010 9:39 PM


I'd love the day that Planned Parenthood must post:

"This Facility Counsels 99% of Pregnant Women for Abortions and Rarely, if ever, has actually Planned or Helped in the Creation of Families"

Posted by: David Sutherland at April 8, 2010 9:57 PM



I'd have no problem at all posting compliant signs like:
We support Human Rights.
Therefore, we do not provide services which assist nor cause the death of Humans of any age, nor do we provide referrals to businesses which do.
We provide pregnancy counselling and associated services.
"This center does not provide abortions or refer to abortion providers. This center does not provide or refer to providers of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved birth control drugs and medical devices." We also do not serve Hamburgers, Chili, nor French Fries. (No one says you can't post additional signs or additional language.)

Posted by: RPB at April 8, 2010 9:59 PM


Hal, hardly! In most CPC organizations it is standard in the operating manuals requiring volunteers to inform clients on the phone and in documentation that the CPC does not provide abortions nor referr for abortion services. In fact, it is clearly stated on the client intake forms of Care Net centers. It is pro-choice organizations taking examples of a few poorly run CPCs 20 years ago and the outdated and no-longer-in-use Pearson manual to continue to paint all CPCs today with a negative stereotypes and false accusations as to discourage women from seeking their services and to make providing their services more difficult, with the ultimate goal of shutting them down, all because of differences in ideological beliefs, when they haven't in fact done anything to break the law, most of the charges are trumpted up.

Posted by: Rachael C. at April 8, 2010 10:03 PM


It might be a good idea to require hospitals to advertise that they don't take care of their patients. In Australia, "stricken grandfather Max Miller went without food for eight days after the nasal tube providing him with life-giving sustenance failed last Tuesday while he was being treated at Royal North Shore Hospital... 'The doctor said on Thursday they would place him on the acute list to get him a PEG line but five days later there was still nothing done,' [his daughter] Ms. Miller said. 'He was just disappearing before our eyes and he was so terrified. He kept saying to me "I don't want to die, I don't want to die".'" (The Daily Telegraph, April 8, "Starving to Slow Death in Hospital").

Posted by: Jon at April 8, 2010 10:03 PM


In fact, we haven't seen much legitimate evidence for their supposid claims against CPCs, most of the evidence I've seen thus far is over 20 yrs old or ancedotal evidence or heresay.

Posted by: Rachael C. at April 8, 2010 10:07 PM


Peg, 9:12p... lol...

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at April 8, 2010 10:13 PM


I mentioned this to my husband, and he said that at least now one might be able to plainly see WHO does do abortions -- every *killing* clinic that does not have these signs. I guess one has to look at it in this light as not to feel discouraged. follow the money - dhalgren , who is in it for THAT and who is not. healthcare = deathcare in your mind...

Posted by: elizabethk at April 8, 2010 10:47 PM


Posted by: Dhalgren at April 8, 2010 8:59 PM


..."Family Planning is healthcare, pure and simple. Board-certified physicians administer it."...

---------------------------------------------------

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh dahliiiiiiiiiin!

Unless pregnancy has been re-defined as a sexual transmitted disease then 'elective abortion' is not health care becasue pregnant women are not infirm or infected.

Pregnancy is a perfectly normal condition for fertile females.

The 'perfect solution' administered by board certified physicians was not treating any diseasae, injury, or infection though that is how the Nazis viewed the Jews, the objects of their dis-affection.

It's that simple.

yor bro ken


Posted by: kbhvac at April 8, 2010 10:54 PM


Austin is 'the' progressive/liberal/humanist enclave in Texas.

Obama hellth scare rears it's hoary head in Austin

The CPC's ought to retain legal representation from one of the many Christian advocacy groups and fight this on constitutional grounds.

Selective required speech is 'censorship'.

Unless the Austin city council can demonstrate that they require other 'businesses' to post similar disclaimer then this is a clear violation of the equal protection clause to and from the law.

This requirement is as repugnant as the 'whites only water fountains I remember from my childhood and the 'colored' restrooms.

It is the fruit of the bigotry that has infected the minds of the preachers of 'political correctness' or as I like to call it , the new 'puritanism'.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 8, 2010 11:05 PM


This new ordinance really says:

The Austin City Council believes that pregnant females are too stupid to know that Crisis Pregnancy Centers do not facilitate elective abortions.

The name 'Planned Parenthood' is false advertising. 'planed parenthood' was a euphemism developed and designed to obfuscate pp's real focus.

pp's focus is on how NOT to be a parent.

pp does NOT offer any assistance to women who are trying to conceive.

pp does NOT promote adoption to women with 'unplanned pregnancies'.

Adoption is perfectly acceptable alternative to women with unplanned pregnancies and people who are unable to conceive.

pp is all about population control as in limiting the the live birth rate and preventing live births of infants who do measure up to pp quality control standards.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 8, 2010 11:21 PM


Jill,

Will these municipalities force OB/Gyn's who oppose abortion to place similar signs in their waiting rooms?

Will Catholic Hospitals be forced to place signs in their facilities stating that they do not perform sterilization techniques on men and women, in addition to not providing abortions?

Will Planned Parenthood be made to advertise that they do not provide NFP or NaPro Technology as viable medical options?

Will liberal politicians be forced to disclose their empty heads and lifeless hearts?

Any appeal of these laws must include the unequal treatment regarding other legitimate branches of medicine which are not forced to disclose the practices they do not engage in.

Also, if Planned Parenthood advertises full-spectrum services and does not provide what CPC's provide, they should be made to disclose that on signs as well.

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 8, 2010 11:53 PM


http://sonsofissachar.ning.com/profiles/blogs/american-on-the-home-run

The four-phase transformation of America behind Obama’s wildly racing clock

By Marion Valentine Wednesday, April 7, 2010


The Obama Clock is racing ahead with the speed of light. On Monday, word went out to the world that the US would not use the nuclear option—even in self defense. Today comes the news that the White House will expunge the term “Islamic radicalism” from the lexicon of international terrorism.

The Free World as we know it has already become an upsidedown one, where right is wrong and wrong is right. Marxists in office are creating chaos and blaming the chaos on those who dissent against them.

But while the hands on the Obama clock spin crazily around the clock face, it is the blueprint or pattern behind it that tells us the real time, the truth and reality of what is happening.

The transformation of America taking place before our very eyes at a dizzying pace comes from phases, based on a formula to take America to its end.

Drawing on my experience as an Intelligence/Cryptologist for the U.S. Navy, here is where we are and where we are headed in the Obama Clock. By following these phases you can actually predict the next move of the enemy.

Phase One:

This phase which took decades to complete happened in the days when our grandfathers were out in the fields farming the land, raising their families, congregating in church on Sundays and paying their taxes.
Ref: The Communist goals as duly entered in the Congressional Record, June, 1963

■The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
■The Bilderberg Group
■George Soros and Members of the Democracy Alliance.
■The Gamiliel Foundation
Selecting and getting elected members of Congress: (sleepers, who would hide their true motives, and just slowly push in baby steps towards Socialism until all other parts of plan were in place) Those members of Congress; Pelosi, Waxman, Rangel, Waters, Lee, Reid,Dodd, Boxer, Schumer, Durbin, and others are puppets, or the “useful idiots” of the above named groups,
The groups listed above, and others, manipulated financial and futures markets, energy supplies and prices, world currencies, and world conflicts (military industrial complex) to maximize the concentration of wealth into the hands of a few.

Selecting and tutoring a presidential contender, creating a “crisis” to ensure the outcome of the election.

Phase Two:

Now In progress

■Nationalizing all aspects of the American economy.
■Creating and mobilizing a private army
■Discredit and intimidate dissenters
■Create a crisis in order to declare a national emergency and martial law.
■Create violent civic unrest and blame on dissenters.
Phase Three:

■Eliminate dissenters, suspend the constitution, the Judiciary, and do away with Elections
■Presidential term limits.
■Form the American Union, including N and S America, Canada and Mexico,
■Join with the EU
Phase Four:

■Use economic and military pressure to force Asian and African countries to join the union.
■Exploit all natural resources (Obama’s 11 million acre land grab which covers most of the oil reserves in the U.S.)
■Flood the market with cheap energy to force Muslim nations whose economy is dependent on Oil exports to join the Union.
■Create a Global Union of Socialist Nation States controlled by the UN
This is what I firmly believe will happen, taking all the world wide happenings, not as separate events, but each as a part of the larger event.

Hopefully Americans will wake up and not allow this to happen.

Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at April 9, 2010 12:14 AM


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Plans that will assist you in becoming
the proud parents of dead children.

Posted by: Praxedes at April 9, 2010 7:28 AM


As an Austinite can I tell you how pissed off it makes me that I have to pay for other people's abortions via my property taxes and now our pathetic joke of a city council is pulling this crap?

Posted by: Lauren at April 9, 2010 8:42 AM


I'm not entirely sure how abortion is considered family planning. Contraception, I can see, but not abortion.

Posted by: Sara at April 9, 2010 8:51 AM


Time for Lauren to run for city council? :)

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 9:00 AM


If Austin and Baltimore are so concerned with truth in advertising, why don't they require Planned Parenthood to display a sign telling us that they have nothing to do with planning for parenthood?

Posted by: John Borra at April 9, 2010 9:24 AM



Carla, you're right, CPC's clearly state that they do NOT refer for abortions, so what could this law be besides harrassment? We're always told that we (prolifers) insult women's intelligence, but are women so stupid that they don't know what the words ALTERNATIVE mean? I hope that they sue and win!

What is amazing is that CPC's have been able to help so women besides the opposition.

Posted by: Phillymiss at April 9, 2010 9:45 AM


Family Planning is healthcare, pure and simple. Board-certified physicians administer it. Deal with it. Abortion is part of that care.

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 8, 2010 8:59 PM

Family planning services actually increase negative health outcomes by facilitating unhealthy lifestyles. Delaying and reducing fertility increases health risks. Women who bear more children are statistically healthier than their childless peers.

The healthiest people on average are men and women who marry early have several children by age 30, never use any contraception and have only one sex partner in their whole lives.

Family planning facilitates behavior contrary to each of those healthy lifestyle indicators. Nature is better. Childbearing is normal and healthy.

I am not against contraception per se. However, we have to be honest that it increases unhealthy outcomes. Just because some family planning increases risk less than other types doesn't change the fact that it increases risks.

People need to know that family planning is not health care because rather than reducing the incidence of disease, it increases it. People need to know the truth.
Contraception is not.

Posted by: hippie at April 9, 2010 10:26 AM


my comment got cut.

Contraception is not healthcare.

Posted by: hippie at April 9, 2010 10:35 AM


I don't have a problem with CPCs being honest in their dealings (I think that the vast majority already are). The truth and the facts are on the pro-life side, anyway. I like the idea that the CPCs could post a bigger sign advertising what they DO provide. They do wonderful things for women. Back in the state I used to live in, one of the bigger cities has a CPC that is also a licensed medical clinic and they provide actual prenatal care and ultrasounds to women (they have licensed professionals - doctors, nurses, ultrasound techs - that volunteer there) in addition to the usual help with baby gear and clothing, maternity clothing, etc. If we had stayed in that state I would have loved to get involved. They do so much to help women.

Now how about reciprocal laws for abortion clinics? Make THEM post a "truth-in-representation" sign in THEIR window about what THEY really do. Many of you have already posted specifics of this sentiment which would all work.

Carla, the phone books in our area say the same thing (these entities do not provide or refer for abortions) under "abortion alternatives" in the yellow pages.

Posted by: army_wife at April 9, 2010 10:57 AM


Golly gee whiz are women too stuped to figger out what is what?? And who does what? It would seem the prochoice side is just trying to bully the big, bad CPC's because they are cutting into the abortion biz.

God will use this. More women will seek out the caring help behind the sign that says We Don't Offer Abortions and they will say, "GOOD!!!!"

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 11:20 AM


I don't understand. What's the big deal? It's just the truth.

Posted by: Kara at April 9, 2010 11:53 AM


Then Planned Parenthood should also post the truth of fetal development and an abortion procedure on their windows.

Unless....PP has something to hide???!! Since the abortion business is based on lies I would have to say that is the deal.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 12:07 PM


One would think that the masses know already that abortion clinics provide abortions and pregnancy care centers do not. But yes we best get some LAWS on the books, eh?
Posted by: carla April 8, 2010 9:38 PM

carla, I don't think many people know what you and I know about Crisis Pregnancy Centers. I would expect that it's not uncommon for women to come in who are considering abortions. I could be wrong, never been to either.

Posted by: Hal at April 9, 2010 12:11 PM


Kara, the big deal is that no other business is forced, by penalty of law, to state what services they do NOT offer. Should Pizza Hut be required to put up signs saying that they do not serve tacos or hamburgers? I know that this is a rather silly example, but I think you get the picture. Why are CPC's being singled out like this?

I wouldn't be surprised if our Philadelphia city council tried something like this, but the prolife movement is strong here and they wouldn't get away with it!

Posted by: Phillymiss at April 9, 2010 12:11 PM


One would think that the masses know already that abortion clinics provide abortions and pregnancy care centers do not. But yes we best get some LAWS on the books, eh?
Posted by: carla April 8, 2010 9:38 PM

carla, I don't think many people know what you and I know about Crisis Pregnancy Centers. I would expect that it's not uncommon for women to come in who are considering abortions. I could be wrong, never been to either.

Posted by: Hal at April 9, 2010 12:11 PM

Hal,
This is about more than just a sign on the door. To the pro-abort, the inside of a Women's Pregnancy Center is TOXIC. The pro-aborts CAN'T STAND the fact that a woman might NOT choose abortion.

Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2010 12:17 PM


Hal,
If you really think about it, it's quite insidious. They (PA's) don't really believe in giving women the ability to make a fairly reasoned choice for themselves.

Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2010 12:20 PM


Choosing abortion saddens prolifers while choosing life ENRAGES proaborts.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 12:21 PM


Hal,
So how do you know what you know about CPC's? Your donation supports the kind of work they do. :)

Yes, there are women who are considering abortion that come in. There are women that already have their appointments scheduled and show up for their abortions and change their minds and head down the block to receive the help and support that they need.

If women don't know that CPC's don't do abortions they find out pretty quickly.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 12:30 PM


. The pro-aborts CAN'T STAND the fact that a woman might NOT choose abortion.
Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2010 12:17 PM

I've got no problem with it whatsoever. Assuming no pressure or lies.

Posted by: Hal at April 9, 2010 12:41 PM


Hal,
Women that choose abortion are lied to. They are coerced by the very folks who claim to want to help them. AFTER they pay hundreds of dollars of course. PP lies by omission. Do not say baby. Do not talk about a heartbeat. Ask a woman who is alone and frightened how she will make a good mother? Don't say a word about risks. How do I know? Because it happened to me. That is my story!! A bunch of red circles?!! My a**!!!

Sorry. I have righteous anger for a reason, Hal. There are women being LIED to right now, thinking that abortion is the BEST thing they can do.

Why don't they want to show women the ultrasound? Why won't they show them the fetal development of their child? Because they KNOW without a doubt a woman will choose life for her baby and the $$$$ walks right out the door.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 9, 2010 12:47 PM


. The pro-aborts CAN'T STAND the fact that a woman might NOT choose abortion.
Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2010 12:17 PM

I've got no problem with it whatsoever. Assuming no pressure or lies.

Posted by: Hal at April 9, 2010 12:41 PM

Too bad the pro-aborts can't say the same.

Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2010 1:02 PM


Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is quoted by KXAN as saying: "The ordinance is so minimal it’s hard to imagine a real downside to this information and signage."

If it's so minimal (because it's so redundant, given that the PRCs are already open about what they do/don't provide), why is NARAL spending so much time and money across the US attacking PRCs with these ordinances? (See http://www.prochoicetexas.org/issues/austincpcs.shtml)

If the "downside" is minimal, the question begs, what is the "upside" to these signs?

I think that question can be answered by looking at who is promoting them: the "National Abortion Rights Action League." They must see some benefit here, or else it wouldn't be on the top of their initiative list.

I'm going to take a stab:

-- The signs name only products that THEIR friends provide -- abortion and contraception. Just seeing those words, regardless of the context, is a plug for abortion/contraception providers because it reaffirms their existence.

-- They are counting on the possibility (and it's a good one today) that a pregnant woman in distress looking for her options will strongly consider these products if offered to her...and especially if offered to her in a positive setting, with minimal promotion of other options. Therefore, they want these signs to be the first women see. It's not enough that the folks inside may discuss these options with the women or clearly state that they do not offer them -- the abortion and contraceptive industry wants the first word.

-- The mantra NARAL consistently repeats is that abortion and contraception are essential to reproductive healthcare and women's rights. These signs, in sight 24-7 outside these facilities, subtly reiterate that premise to the community. They imply that the options offered inside are not complete and therefore do not respect women's rights.

This last point is the hardest blow to take.

Pro-life centers and individuals have a worldview that is diametrically opposed to NARAL's. In the pro-life view, persons are persons from conception through natural death and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at all stages of development. They are persons to be loved and cared for, and not used. The life-affirming services these centers and individuals choose to offer are those that they believe will truly help women and their unborn children through difficult times -- hence, the free pregnancy tests and sonograms, the material assistance before and after the baby's birth, the parenting classes, the safe places to stay during and after pregnancy, the compassionate ear and encouragement to women to continue to strive for and meet their goals. For those that are religiously based, there is the option to talk about faith, prayer, and forgiveness, which they see as sources of strength in times of difficulty for any person.

The fact that the Austin City Council chose to take cues from NARAL and failed to consider these pregnancy resource centers on their own merit, aside from the abortion and contraception issues, shows exactly where their motivations lay.

As I told Councilman Spelman in an email,

"I do not understand why you are leading the charge in the Austin City Council to burden [pregnancy resource centers] with this unnecessary ordinance. The signs would be utterly redundant, and a waste of the City's time unless its sole motive is to advance the cause and interests of NARAL and other pro-abortion interest groups."

This ordinance is clearly motivated by pro-abortion ideology, not concern or care for women.

Quote reference: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/pregnancy-centers-must-now-post-signs)

Posted by: Valerie at April 9, 2010 1:55 PM


Hal, I'm glad that you don't have a problem with CPC's, but many prochoice people do.

Posted by: Phillymiss at April 9, 2010 3:35 PM


Personally I have thought for some time that the best thing that could ever happen to pregnancy centers would be to come out of the closet & be unapologetically CHRIST-centered.

If anyone is ashamed of Me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in His Father's glory
Mark 8:38 & Luke 9:26

... In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be
ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
Psalm 31:1

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord ...
II Timothy 1:8

I believe God will honor those who are not ashamed of His moral Law: "You shall not murder" & openly identify themselves as Christians who love women & their babies & who would never knowingly help anyone shed innocent blood.

Posted by: Lifesong at April 9, 2010 10:47 PM


Could we force abortion mills to have signs that say they don't show women the ultrasounds?

I mean, if they're going to make stupid ordinances like this, we ought to be able to shoot back with something that really hits the abortion mills in the pocketbook.

BTW, I'm in Austin where the ordinance passed. It's sickening, really...

Posted by: Martina at April 12, 2010 9:11 AM


"Could we force abortion mills to have signs that say they don't show women the ultrasounds?"

A letter to the editor of your local newspaper might do the trick. :)

Posted by: Janet at April 12, 2010 10:39 AM



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