After failing for the second year in a row to get legislators to pass a bill dictating how pregnancy centers in Connecticut advertise their services, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut has vowed to continue trying. The measure introduced this year was approved by the House of Representatives in May but failed to make it to a vote in the Senate.
The bill was aimed at giving the state Attorney General’s office the power to seek a court order against any advertising by pregnancy help centers deemed to be “deceptive.” One such advertisement NARAL Pro-Choice CT deems “deceptive” is one that simply reads, “Pregnant? Need Help?” With close ties between local politicians and NARAL, pro-life groups were not optimistic that the bill could be stopped. State Senator Matt Lesser — Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee — won the highest award from NARAL Pro-Choice CT and his wife serves on the pro-abortion group’s Board. In addition, Senator Mary Abrams is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice CT.
“It was an act of God, because there’s no other explanation for it,” said Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. “It’s a victory on every level. There is no earthly reason why the Family Institute of Connecticut and our allies should have done as well as we did this year. It was a miracle.”
In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion, saying the law violated the First Amendment. Despite this, and their repeated failure, NARAL is refusing to walk away, saying it will bring the issue to the table again next year.
Of course, we don’t see any concern from NARAL over the fact that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one abortion provider, offers pregnant women one option:
“For sure we’re going to pursue this next year,” said Sarah Croucher, head of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. “We are very confident that there are no constitutional protections to deceptive advertising.” She says she feels “confident that we’re going to get it through next year.”
Perhaps what Croucher needs to be concerned about, however, is the deception in which she and her pro-abortion friends have been participating. When this same measure was up for debate in 2018, it failed to move out of committee in part because NARAL fabricated complaints from non-existent women about pregnancy help centers in the state. In reality, not a single client of a pregnancy center in Connecticut has submitted a complaint against them.
What pro-abortion groups and politicians in Connecticut aim to do is make Connecticut the most abortion-friendly state in the nation. If NARAL has its way, the state will become an abortion destination.
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