By: Jared Dobbs
What we choose to say, or what we choose not to say, matters.
Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO & General Counsel Michael Farris presented oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. There, we defended pro-life pregnancy centers from California’s AB 775, which violates the First Amendment by requiring the pregnancy centers to post a public message advertising for abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, a key sponsor of this legislation, offers this talking point on their website about pregnancy centers:
“Fake health centers are fake health-care clinics that lie to, shame and intentionally mislead women about their reproductive-health-care options to block them from accessing abortion care.”
Good grief – could they have gotten it any more wrong?
This talking point simply does not accurately reflect the mission and vision of the pregnancy centers.
If NARAL wanted to understand the heart for service that shines through at the pregnancy centers, a visit to Informed Choices in Gilroy, CA, might have helped. You can find their commitment to all the women they serve on their wall. (For those keeping track, that’s where the abortion advertisement is supposed to be.)
We will treat you with respect
Your story will be listened to with respect and courtesy, and without judgment, ridicule, or rejection. You have the right to leave the center whenever you wish. You have the right to refuse information you do not wish to receive.
We will protect your privacy
You have the right to withhold any information you do not want to share with us. All information shared will be held in strict and absolute confidence, except in the rare circumstance when prohibited by law. Your appointment with us is confidential and we will not contact anyone on your behalf unless you ask us to.
We will not pressure you
No one should pressure you to make a decision about your pregnancy or sexual choices. You have the right to get the information you need to make informed choices. We understand that sometimes making decisions is difficult.
We will not lie to you
You will receive accurate information about pregnancy, fetal development, sexual health issues, and related life concerns. Informed Choices does not provide abortions or referrals for abortion, but we are committed to offering accurate abortion information about all abortion procedures and risks.
We will support you
If you want us to, we will walk with you through any decision you make. Our support is our pledge to you whether you need someone to honestly answer your questions, a listening ear, direction for additional help and resources, or on-going support.
In America, letting freedom ring means that Informed Choices gets to choose what message to speak to the women they serve. So let them use their walls to advertise love of neighbor, not abortion.