For the last few days, we’ve been talking a lot about Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC).
If you are pro-life, these CPCs are establishments that seek to offer pregnant women (or non pregnant women, for that matter) information about their options. The staff people at these centers sit back and wait for the women to come in, they then sit them down in, in a non-judgmental environment, tell them all about adoption, childbirth and abortion. Yes, their bottom line is that they are against abortion but they really just want to make sure that woman is educated and knows what resources are available to her should she decide to give birth.
If you are pro-choice, these centers lure women into their facility under false pretenses, pretend that they are a medical office by offering ultrasounds and fill the women’s heads with lies about how the perils, both emotional and physical, of this very easy procedure.
Coincidentally, in the wake of our discussions, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate called “Stop Deceptive Advertising in Women’s Service’s Act.” In their press release, the authors of the bills brought attention to the bill’s clever acronym: SDAWS.
Just kinda rolls off the tip of your tongue, doesn’t it?
If the bill became law, the Federal Trade Commission would be required to issues rules declaring that it is an “unfair or deceptive act” for a CPC to advertise that they are “a provider of abortion services.” The pro-choice groups are understandably elated and energized. One leader applauded the initiative and said “we should all agree that a woman should not be misled or manipulated when she’s facing an unintended pregnancy.” The troops are gearing up to storm the Congress to get this important legislation passed.
My initial reaction is that this is an incredible waste of time.
Now, I admit that I have not done a full-fledged review of every CPC in the country, but I would bet that house that hardly any of them actually advertise that they “provide abortion services.” I mean, c’mon, even the sleaziest CPC staff person would never, with a straight face, say that. And if anyone can show me differently, I totally welcome the evidence and will offer a mea culpa.
Sure, many of them, if not most, say that they provide “abortion information,” but, technically, that is true. They do offer “information” on abortion, albeit in many cases it is the wrong information. But it is “information” nonetheless.
So, to me, the big question is: why are these pro-choice Members of Congress and the pro-choice groups spending time and resources on trying to pass a bill that – in the unlikely event that it becomes law – will have practically NO impact? And, for argument’s sake, let’s say the FTC does find a totally whacky CPC director who says in their Yellow Page ad that they provide abortion services. The FTC will theoretically bring some kind of action against them and chances are that that CPC will just agree to not say it in the future. And if they refuse to change their ways, maybe they’ll be shut down. Well, that leaves only THOUSANDS of more CPCs to go after! Way to go folks!
I certainly appreciate the energy of the authors of these bills and I am sure they will now get a nice donation from the pro-choice political action committees because they have shown they are pro-choice “leaders.” Meanwhile, they’ve issued their press releases and are getting some attention on pro-choice blogs, websites, etc.
But, in the long run, ain’t nothing gonna change.
And around and around we go….
- It Sounds a Little Hypocritical to Me… (abortion.ws)
- These Pictures Speak a Thousand Words (abortion.ws)
- The Problem With The Abortion Debate (outofthegdwaye.wordpress.com)
- Pro-choice activists rally for abortion providers to keep counselling role (guardian.co.uk)
- Making Money From Abortion (abortion.ws)