NARAL’s Obsession with Silencing CPCs

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

You have to give pro-abortionists credit. Although three federal judges have shot down the NARAL-inspired campaign to intimidate/drive out of business women helping centers, they keep on keeping on. I ran across a link today to a pro-abortion site that announced that “Last week, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York introduced the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act, which would give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to protect women from anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) that use deceptive advertising practices.”

The current number of the Maloney bill is H.R. 2543.  The Menendez bill is S. 1374.

But let’s not get into the status of, or the prospects for, the bill but rather take a couple of minutes to work through back this–and a press release sent out by (guess who?) NARAL President Nancy Keenan.

As mentioned above, two federal judges walloped the cities of Baltimore and New York for their blatant abridgement of the First Amendment rights of women-helping centers, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers. A third enjoined the Montgomery County Council of Maryland from enforcing a part of Resolution No. 16-1252, passed February 1, 2010, until all the legal issues in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County are resolved.

But reading Keenan, all you’d know is that “in the last year, anti-choice litigators have launched legal challenges against” these ordinances. Not a word to suggest that pro-lifers were three for three.

Also, there is a reference to “a congressional study” that “revealed that most CPCs are not regulated and often engage in false advertising.” That’s an allusion to a 2006 tract produced for pro-abortion Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking minority member at the time, by the minority staffers on the House Committee on Government Reform. 

Note that pro-lifers adamantly denied that they engaged in false advertising. Note also that a key portion of the Waxman “investigative report” was supposedly that CPCs were distributing “medically inaccurate information.”

But pro-lifers stand by the conclusion that “A conservative estimate from the best available data is that 20% to 30% of women who undergo an abortion will experience serious and/or prolonged negative consequences,” according to Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., who has researched and written extensively on the subject. Likewise there is an abundance of evidence that an induced abortion does increase the chances of a woman having breast cancer.

Finally, there is no question that the driving force behind the campaign of harassment is NARAL. “This year, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, in partnership with nine of their state affiliates, launched the ‘Tour to Expose Fake Clinics’ in an effort to raise the national dialogue about dangerous practices of CPCs and their misleading practices.”

NARAL will do most anything to squelch the voices of mom and pop CPCs. They are bullies, plain and simple.

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