California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert warning on June 1, telling Californians that pregnancy centers are limited and misleading because they don’t commit abortions. Pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) exist to help women welcome their babies with confidence and support, and their efforts have saved thousands of babies from abortion — which means lost revenue for the abortion industry — including Planned Parenthood.
“Crisis pregnancy centers often work to attract pregnant Californians into their facilities through vague claims about the information and services they offer,” said Attorney General Bonta in a press release. “While crisis pregnancy centers may claim to offer comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, their mission is to discourage people from accessing abortion care.”
Most women who visit a PRC know that they don’t offer abortion, and they are going there in order to access the support, resources, and material goods PRCs offer because often, they don’t want an abortion but may be feeling pressured into having one.
Rather than simply discouraging women from having an abortion, PRCs are encouraging women to give birth to living babies by meeting the women’s true unmet needs — whether those needs are safe housing, access to health care, baby gear, child care, a support person, or maternity items. And they offer these services free of charge. Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide any services like this — and therefore, by definition, the abortion giant is also “limited” in what it services it offers to women.
In his press release, Bonta accurately states that pregnancy centers, along with not providing abortion or abortion referrals, usually don’t provide birth control or contraceptives. However, he also claims they “may not be licensed medical clinics or be required to keep medical records private” — an interesting note, given Planned Parenthood’s multiple, extensive privacy breaches. He provided no proof of this claim, or others that stated PRCs “may attempt to delay appointments or provide misinformation about the legality or safety of abortions — also interesting, given the extensive medical misinformation peddled by Planned Parenthood. Bonta also accused PRCs of “provid[ing] inaccurate health information about a person’s pregnancy and other aspects of reproductive healthcare.”
Bonta urged the women of California, “Know your rights. Do your research. Connect with programs that will provide you with truthful information and timely reproductive care.”
But the abortion industry isn’t truthful. Planned Parenthood has been caught lying to women about fetal development and has faced lawsuits from families over its failure to report suspected child sexual abuse.
In addition, the phrase “timely reproductive health care” implies there is (or should be) a rush for women to get an abortion. Pressuring women to have a “timely” abortion leads them to a less thorough decision-making process. Under pressure and duress, more women may go through with abortions they don’t really want — to the financial benefit of the abortion industry.
PRCs are bad for the abortion business because when women are able to confidently choose life for their babies, the abortion industry loses potential clients. This is why the abortion industry is having its allies condemn PRCs and the work they do. PRCs may not commit or refer for abortions, but that doesn’t make their services limited. They specialize in caring for and supporting women and their babies throughout pregnancy and after the child’s birth — all free of charge and largely coordinated by community donors and volunteers who have nothing to gain except the joy of helping a woman and baby thrive.
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