Despite the good work pro-life pregnancy centers do in the community, providing help and hope
for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, many pro-abortion activists try to
discredit these centers by spreading lies and misinformation about them.
Lie #1: Pregnancy
centers are just “fake clinics” or “fake women’s centers.”
The Truth: There
are two types of pregnancy centers: medical and non-medical. The non-medical
centers focus on offering compassionate guidance, education classes, material
items, and other non-medical services. Medical pregnancy centers are licensed clinics.
In addition to offering many of the same resources and help as non-medical centers,
medical centers work under the direction of a licensed physician and offer limited
Lie #2: Pregnancy
centers provide false information.
The Truth: Pro-life
pregnancy centers provide truthful information to pregnant women about the
potential options that they might consider, including abortion, adoption, and
parenting. In addition to providing that information, the centers also offer
love, support, and a listening ear to pregnant women who are struggling with
whether to choose life for their unborn baby.
Lie #3: Pregnancy centers only care about saving babies, even at a high cost to the mother.
The Truth: Pregnancy centers are dedicated to loving both mother and baby. First, they provide parenting and education classes. They help expectant parents to feel prepared to welcome a baby into their home. Parents also receive baby and maternity clothes, along with other items needed to raise a child. They also caringly minister to women who have had a past abortion. Through all of these components, these centers strive to support the mother and family through their decision.
In California, pro-abortion activists have used these lies and misinformation to try to force pro-life pregnancy centers to speak a message promoting abortion.
In 2015, California passed the so-called “Reproductive FACT Act,” which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to use their center walls as a billboard for the abortion industry. Under the law, pregnancy centers must post signs or distribute notices in up to 13 different languages, stating that California offers free or low-cost abortion. The signs must also include a phone number where women can call to get more information, including on abortion.
This law ignores the centers’ pro-life mission and violates their freedom of speech. Volunteers at pro-life pregnancy centers have a heart for women and children. They can’t violate their conscience by promoting abortion.
That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom is representing our ally the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) and its affiliated California pregnancy centers before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 20. ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris will ask the court to protect the free speech rights of these pregnancy centers.
As Supreme Court oral arguments approach, will you help us tell the truth about these pregnancy centers and the benefits they provide to women facing unplanned pregnancies? Share this post to #EndtheLies about pro-life pregnancy centers.
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