For many years, anti-abortion activists have lobbied their state legislatures to pass laws that require abortion clinics to share certain information with their patients. These so-called “Right to Know” laws take many forms: giving the patient a brochure that shows the stages of fetal development, taking an ultrasound and showing it to the woman, reciting a script to the patient that is a litany of things that can go wrong with an abortion, etc., etc.
Although the pro-choice movement regularly opposes these laws, I have written in the past about how the affect of these laws on the woman is rather minimal. For example, most women casually look at the brochures, if at all, then toss them into
the garbage. I’ve been in the rooms with woman as they observed their ultrasound, asked questions about the fetus then proceeded to have the abortion. It’s all a rather big waste of time if you ask me, but if the anti-abortion movement wants to spend their time on this kind of stuff, go for it. And, after all, it’s all well-intentioned, isn’t it? Sure, they would prefer to make that woman’s act totally illegal, but since they can’t do that they want to make sure that a woman is making an informed choice. How compassionate of them, huh?
Meanwhile, up in New York City, the City Council has taken a great interest in the activities of a number of “crisis pregnancy centers” that, according to testimony provided in a hearing, are engaging in “deceptive” practices designed to convince the woman that they are actually medical facilities. It seems that the staff in some of these cpcs a
re doing some interesting things. For some reason, they are collecting personal and insurance information in the waiting room, the consultations are taking place on examination tables with the woman in the stirrups and “scrub suited consultants” are giving free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. On its face, it sounds a little deceptive to me but I’m sure these reports are not accurate because we’ve been told so many times that cpcs do not engage in this kind of behavior.
Still, this crazy ole City Council is concerned about this alleged behavior so they passed a law requiring the cpcs to post signs saying they have no doctors on site and don’t’ give advice about abortions or birth control. Sounds kind of like the “Right to Know” laws that are being imposed on abortion clinics.
But, lo and behold, here comes the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian advocacy group, and they challenge the law, saying it would have violated the center’s right to free speech. And, recently, a local judge agreed with them and slapped an injunction on the new law.
Putting aside all the legal mumbo-jumbo and the current status of the law, what I cannot sort out is why anti-abortion advocates want abortion clinics to inform women of everything but the kitchen sink, but when the NY City Council wants to ask them to give out just a little information about their centers, they balk at the idea?
Somebody help me here, please!
- These Pictures Speak a Thousand Words (abortion.ws)
- No One Cares About the Science (abortion.ws)
- The Rape and Incest Exception – Trying to Have it Both Ways (abortion.ws)
- Dem Governor Will Allow Missouri Anti-Abortion Bill To Become Law (huffingtonpost.com)
- Abortion-rights activist plans Wichita clinic (sfgate.com)
- New Missouri Anti-Abortion Law Eliminates “General Health Exception” (alan.com)
- Mo. gov. lets late-term abortion bill become law (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- States more than double previous record for anti-abortion legislation in 2011 (dailykos.com)
- Abortion-rights activist plans Wichita clinic (seattletimes.nwsource.com)