If you’re at all involved in the pro-life movement, you know that, lately, pregnancy resource centers have been under attack. From vandals, politicians, and even companies such as Yelp, these vital services for pregnant women have faced an onslaught of criticism and violence for having pro-life values, that is, recognizing the humanity of preborn babies in pregnancy-health discussions.
There’s good news and bad news on this front. First, the bad news: According to a survey published this week by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, most people actually don’t know about the war on crisis pregnancy centers. Since the leak of the Supreme Court draft foreshadowing its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, 77 pregnancy centers and pro-life groups have been attacked, as have 98 Catholic churches, according to CatholicVote. Yet despite the incredible volume of these attacks, which have been covered extensively by the Human Life Review and other pro-life outlets, only 37 percent of people have heard about the attacks, according to the Becket survey.
But then, there’s also good news. Despite the paltry government response to these crisis pregnancy center attacks (and threats from the politicians themselves), people overwhelmingly oppose the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers. According to the survey, 94 percent disapprove of attacks on places of worship, and 92 percent are against attacks on crisis pregnancy centers. Over 90 percent of respondents also disapproved of protestors harassing attendees at churches or pro-life centers.
Looking at this recent data, the bottom line is this: Most Americans do not align with pro-abortion radicals on the subject of crisis pregnancy centers. They still believe in the freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. But the problem is that if they are primarily consuming mainstream media, they simply don’t realize that attacks on these principles are happening right in their backyards.
It’s our job, then, to spread awareness of the political and physical attacks that still face pro-lifers every day as they work to serve pregnant women in need, offering prenatal care, postpartum resources, and support that can’t be found at abortion providers.