Dozens of crisis pregnancy centers have come under attack in recent weeks, as pro-abortion activists have turned to graffiti, arson, and threats of violence in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. But the attacks on these centers and clinics don’t end there.
Now Senator Elizabeth Warren and others are setting their sights on the centers that help needy mothers facing unexpected pregnancies. “With Roe gone, it’s more important than ever to crack down on so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that mislead and deceive patients seeking abortion care,” she tweeted on Monday. Last week, Warren and a few Democratic colleagues introduced the Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act.
According to a press release, “This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue rules to prohibit deceptive or misleading advertising related to the provision of abortion services. The bill also authorizes the FTC to enforce these rules and collect penalties from organizations in violation.”
Warren, who represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, encouraged her home state to enact similar legislation. “The idea that centers have grown up to prey on people who are pregnant and vulnerable, and seeking help, is fundamentally wrong,” she said.
Hurting access to resources for women who choose life
In reality, crisis pregnancy centers exist not to shame women out of getting abortions but to provide care for pregnant and new mothers desperately in need of it. Warren’s rhetoric is not only false; it’s dangerous.
Pro-life centers across the United States have had to increase their security over fear of radical pro-abortion protestors. Pro-abortion Democrats have been largely silent on the issue, and when confronted, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to condemn these attacks.
Despite Warren’s rhetoric, crisis pregnancy centers work tirelessly to help women in difficult circumstances, not to harm them. While abortion supporters zero in on the fact that crisis pregnancy centers don’t offer abortion, they fail to acknowledge how these centers provide help to women who do want to continue their pregnancies—with free diapers, formula, supplies, prenatal healthcare, childcare help, job assistance, and more. One would think someone who considers themself pro-choice would acknowledge that some women choose life and won’t find help from abortion centers; it is for those women that these charitable pregnancy centers exist.
Now that abortion is becoming more restricted across the United States, women should have more alternatives available to them, not fewer. Instead of attempting to stop these life-saving centers, public officials should be looking for ways to protect and support them.