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A hatchet job masquerading as a news story

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We have written and reposted approximately one hundred stories that praise the work of Pregnancy Help Centers (PHCs) while also denouncing their work in a manner that is pro-abortion. The critics of PHCs are often subtle in their criticism, allowing their anger to dictate the level of subtlety. However, there are instances where the critics of PHCs become quite extreme in their criticism.

Example: How about this headline and sub-headline?

Misleading’ anti-abortion programmes could get $400,000 from Utah taxpayers: The Beehive State would join a growing number of states, most of which have some of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, that give money to faith-based crisis pregnancy centres.

The front page features a photograph that, in my estimation, does not serve to advance the argument in question. To the left of the image, a standard, unassuming Planned Parenthood building is depicted. To the right of the image is the Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City, which features a drawing of a couple affectionately cradling their child on the front.

Emily Anderson Stern is succinct in her analysis:

Clearfield Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, a frequent sponsor of anti-abortion legislation and a fixture in anti-abortion circles, is asking her colleagues for hundreds of thousands of dollars year after year to fund controversial anti-abortion crisis pregnancy programs.

These faith-based programs, which critics say provide inaccurate medical information and promote “abortion reversal” treatments that can be dangerous, could cost taxpayers $400,000 a year.

The sheer quantity of information presented is impressive. It is a considerable amount of information to convey in such a limited space. It is notable that this event is sponsored by an organisation that has a history of supporting anti-abortion legislation. This organisation is a well-known figure in anti-abortion circles and is currently seeking financial contributions for a faith-based programme. It is important to highlight that this organisation should not be eligible for taxpayer funding, as it is not comparable to Planned Parenthood, which receives funding from a variety of sources.

It is curious to note that the information in question is deemed to be controversial, despite the fact that it is inaccurate and potentially dangerous. Not a word is uttered about the “reckless” actions of the FDA in allowing “the virtually unregulated access to mail-order abortion pills,” as Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador has stated. This places the lives of both pregnant women and their unborn children in medical jeopardy.

Moreover, the situation is becoming increasingly problematic as the organisation is expanding its operations. “With a mere concrete pad separating it from one of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah’s two Salt Lake City locations, the original Pregnancy Resource Center is situated just one TRAX stop away from the University of Utah,” Stern writes. Furthermore, the organization has recently expanded to American Fork, a city located approximately thirty-two miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

The aforementioned points are duly noted. This is a rather one-sided and unfair critique.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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