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The Latest News: The Good Guys are Under Attack

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The Good Guys are Under Attack

Because abortion activists can’t stand on their own merits, they often resort to baseless attacks against pro-lifers. The latest campaign comes from NARAL Massachusetts with their sights aimed directly at pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs).

What they call “The Certified Truth Campaign” (Ironic title, isn’t it?) is a concerted effort to delegitimize pro-life pregnancy centers in the eyes of women, health care providers and elected officials. They claim, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers are intentionally deceptive organizations that lie to women. They advertise as if they offer reproductive health care services. But instead, they shame, scare and coerce women into not getting an abortion.” That last sentence got my dander up. Abortion mills are notorious for using scare tactics and coercion to lure women into thinking that having an abortion is their only option. The statistics on Planned Parenthood alone reveal that an overwhelming majority of pregnant women who walk through their doors elect to have an abortion. In 2011, they performed 333,964 abortions and gave only 2,300 adoption referrals. I think the bias is quite evident. And it’s appalling to think that these facilities who rely on abortion income are trying to convey themselves as the truthful and legitimate health care provider.

Their first target is women. They want them to feel as if CPCs misinform and deceive women about their health. In order to accomplish this, they’re perpetuating a number of falsehoods. For example, in spite of the evidence, NARAL continues to deny a link between abortion and breast cancer. The truth is doctors who do not perform abortions are among the first to recognize that abortion raises a woman’s breast cancer risk. It’s those who have a vested interest in the abortion industry that refute the research. On our website, there is a list of 8 different reputable organizations from around the world that recognize the abortion and breast cancer link.

In addition, NARAL rejects any connection to psychological disorders following abortion, including calling the existence of Post-Abortion Stress a myth. The facts are both women and men who have chosen abortion can often experience guilt, sadness, chronic depression, fear and/or anger. It can manifest itself as a preoccupation with the anniversary of the abortion or due date, uncontrollable crying spells, relationship conflict and even attempted suicide. By denying the existence of Post-Abortion Stress and the abortion breast cancer link, a disservice is being imposed on suffering post-abortive women and men by hiding the dangers of abortion.

A secondary objective of this campaign is to decrease the number of referrals to CPCs by targeting schools, health centers and even religious institutions. NARAL has created an activist toolkit complete with a tri-fold brochure and “fact” sheets that are used to discourage these groups from making referrals to CPCs. They even offer biased “training” on what crisis pregnancy centers are and why they’re harmful to women and teens. Their aim is to increase referrals to what they call “options counseling with accurate medical information”—in other words, abortion mills.

Lastly, NARAL hones in on elected officials with a request to stop allowing these centers to share the truth with women about their health care options. They wish to impose restrictive laws and regulations as well as limit CPC access to tax payer funding. Ultimately, the goal is to legislate the CPCs out of existence and to promote unlimited access to abortion-on-demand. In fact, Congress is currently considering a bill called “The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act.” It specifically targets CPCs, while abortion mills continue to deflect any form of regulation or accountability.

The subject of one such attack is the Expectant Mother Care (EMC) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a subpoena against Chris Slattery, EMC’s national director. It mandates that EMC provides a disclaimer that it does not perform nor refer women for abortions and it is not a medical facility. In addition, it accuses EMC of administering ultrasounds without proper oversight. In an article by, Chris articulately summed up the case saying, “I think this whole effort is aimed at intimidating pregnancy centers from expanding, from advertising its services to women who are considering abortions. It’s all aimed at killing abortion facility competition.”

Crisis Pregnancy Centers are on the frontlines, meeting women’s immediate needs and beyond when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They offer life-affirming choices and aren’t afraid to disclose the dirty truths that pro-aborts will continue to deny. As pro-lifers, it’s up to us to show our support for their efforts and help deflect these types of attacks from pro-abortion groups.


Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute


Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. Organizations and individuals around the world depend upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.


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