Posted by: theheartlander | March 23, 2011

Bloomberg tries to shut down crisis pregnancy centers; ADF fights back

People who want to keep legal the killing of babies before birth bristle when they’re called “pro-abortion.” They say they’re not pro-abortion at all, just “pro-choice.” Well, anyone with two cents worth of common sense can see the problem with that term:  The targeted baby gets absolutely no choice at all in the matter. And we can pretty safely assume that if the baby were given the choice, he or she would not choose to be killed.

But the problem with “pro-choice” goes even further. Over and over, we have seen that the pro-legal-abortion people don’t want women to have real choices, either! When those of us who respect women and babies try to pass informed-consent laws — laws that would require that women seeking abortions be given factual information about not only fetal development but also health risks to women from abortion — the “pro-choice” people fight us all the way. While pretending to be advocates for women, they vigorously campaign to deprive women of information, especially any information that might cause them to weigh more positively the option of bringing the baby to term.

Clearly, “pro-choice” activists only approve of one particular choice: the “choice” to abort. That’s why “pro-choicers” in New York are trying to shut down the crisis pregnancy centers that offer women choices other than abortion. Fortunately, the Alliance Defense Fund is fighting back. From LifeSiteNews:

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of New York over a new law that requires pro-life pregnancy care centers to publish messages that would encourage pregnant women to seek help elsewhere. Centers that do not comply could face steep fines or forcible closure by city health authorities.The lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund is in response to Bill 371-A, which was signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last Wednesday.

The law requires non-medical, pro-life “pregnancy services centers” to inform women with notices posted in both English and Spanish whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff. The signs would also state that the city’s Health Department encourages women to seek help from a licensed medical provider if the center does not have one on staff.

It also requires the pro-life centers to post on signs and ads whether they provide referrals for abortion, “emergency contraception,” and prenatal care.

The notices are required both for the pregnancy centers’ facilities and on their advertizing – in a size and font to be determined by city authorities.

“At a time when New Yorkers believe the city’s abortion ratio to be too high, it’s absurd to see the city work with pro-abortion groups to ensure that the public is ‘protected’ from the ‘threat’ of these compassionate, caring, nonprofit groups that exist specifically because they oppose harm to women and their babies,” said Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).

The ADF said that the law seems clearly biased, since state law does not require medical providers at non-medical centers, nor does it require abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, to make any disclosures in favor of abortion alternatives.

Failure to post the signs can result in fines of up to $1,000 for the first day of violation and up to $2,500 for each day thereafter. After three days of violation within a two-year period, the city health commissioner can shut down the center with the assistance of police. Other parts of the law allow for additional fines and imprisonment.

In other words, if you are a center offering, absolutely free of charge, life-affirming choices to women in need, you must now deliberately sabotage your own purpose for existing — or be shut down and go to prison. How’s that for “choices”?

The NYC law is similar to ordinances in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Baltimore that are also caught up in federal court. ADF has filed legal challenges against those ordinances claiming that they are a case of government compelling speech in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution. What a funny little quaint old concept. In modern America, we’re past that now, aren’t we?

“Pro-choicers” are worried because they know as well as pro-lifers do that when women considering abortion receive loving, supportive counseling from caring pro-life women (many of these volunteers are women who had abortions themselves and deeply regretted it), they are more likely to choose not to have an abortion. And when women considering abortion are allowed to see an ultrasound of the baby they’re carrying, 70 to 90 percent of them choose to let their baby live. Since more and more crisis pregnancy centers are obtaining ultrasound scanners and the trained personnel to operate them, these centers represent an ever-growing threat to outfits such as Planned Parenthood, which rakes in millions from performing over 330,000 abortions a year. From a “pro-choicer’s” standpoint, it’s imperative to get those crisis pregnancy centers shut down, especially before they have a chance to obtain ultrasound equipment and personnel.

But consider: If the thugs in New York are allowed to shut down crisis pregnancy centers, how much longer will it be until they are able to shut down churches that preach things they don’t like? Or independent presses that print things they don’t like? Or private schools that teach things they don’t like?

You might want to consider making a donation to the Alliance Defense Fund.

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