The overturning of Roe v. Wade has exposed the duplicity of many on the left in their stances on abortion. Proponents of abortion frequently characterize themselves as “pro-choice,” meaning they believe mothers should have the right to terminate their pregnancies without government interference. Indeed, one who truly fits this description may or may not be personally opposed to the practice but is not comfortable with the state prohibiting it.
But somewhere along the way, those supporting the “right” to abortion transformed from pro-choice to pro-abortion. This can easily be seen in their current effort to demonize pregnancy help centers (PHCs) and other organizations designed to provide alternatives to abortion.
The left has always despised crisis pregnancy centers. Progressives have written numerous op-eds and reports over the years accusing these organizations of using dishonest means to trick mothers into keeping their children.
Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, Democrats are renewing their crusade against these organizations, hoping to turn public opinion against them by peddling false narratives about how they operate. A video featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is circulating on social media in which she denounces crisis pregnancy centers, repeating the typical progressive talking points on the issue:
“In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination…outnumber true abortion clinics by three to one. We need to shut them down here in Massachusetts, and we need to shut them down all around the country. You should not be able to torture a pregnant person like that.”
Warren: “Crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber abortion clinics by 3-1. We need to shut them down all around the country.”
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 12, 2022
Last month, Warren and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) met to discuss potential legislation to crack down on pregnancy centers. “These are deceptive outfits that front for groups that are trying to harass or otherwise frighten people who are pregnant to keep them from seeking an abortion, and they do so under the cover of pretending to offer abortion services,” Warren said during a press conference.
While Democratic lawmakers pursue legislation targeting pregnancy centers, some take a more extreme approach. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Dobbs was leaked in May, pro-abortion activists began carrying out firebombings and other acts of vandalism against pregnancy centers, churches, and other pro-life organizations.
The Democrats’ strategy seems obvious: Convince the American public to believe all or most crisis pregnancy centers are engaging in unethical activities to persuade mothers not to abort their children. So far, leftists have not provided much in the way of evidence showing that the majority of these centers are operating in this fashion. In fact, most of these organizations are local nonprofits, but they are affiliated with networks requiring them to disclose the nature of the services they provide.
A closer look at the numbers gives us insight into why the pro-abortion crowd has promoted this narrative. The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) published a report this month demonstrating that crisis pregnancy centers are responsible for saving more than 800,000 lives between 2016 and 2020.
Even more, life-affirming pregnancy help centers have saved “millions of lives” since their creation “over a half-century ago,” according to a press release. Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute acknowledged that the number of unintended pregnancies ending in abortion fell from 50 percent to 34 percent between 2015 and 2019. Other pro-life organizations have reported hundreds of thousands of lives saved through their services.
But given that progressives like Sen. Warren and others claim they are pro-choice, why would they be so vehemently against the existence of PHCs? After all, isn’t the ultimate decision of whether to terminate a pregnancy up to the mother?
Even in cases where a rogue crisis pregnancy center uses deceptive means to lure mothers considering an abortion – don’t these individuals still have the ability to choose? If they truly wanted to abort their children, they could simply leave when they realize the establishment they are visiting does not offer the procedure. There are no reports of volunteers working in these offices kidnapping or otherwise forcing these women to keep their children. If one is truly pro-choice, they would accept those who decide not to terminate their pregnancies.
But this is the crux of the matter, isn’t it? The truth is that progressives are pro-choice as long as the choice is abortion. The idea that mothers considering abortion would change their minds is an undesirable outcome for these folks. Otherwise, the fact that PHCs exist would not bother them in the slightest.
Of course, it is also worth noting that every mother that decides to give birth to her child means less revenue for abortion mills like Planned Parenthood and others. To put it simply, pregnancy centers cut into the profits of the abortion industry, much of which are avid supporters of Democratic candidates. In 2019, Planned Parenthood’s super PAC announced it would be giving $45 million in donations to elect pro-abortion candidates in the 2020 election. To put it simply, pregnancy centers are a threat to the revenue stream.
Since Roe v. Wade is now a thing of the past, we can expect to see attacks against PHCs increase as more women will probably seek out their services. Progressives will take any steps necessary to safeguard abortion – and their efforts will include more than just taking governmental action. They will also attempt to destroy alternatives to abortion as well. In the end, these folks have revealed their true objective, which has nothing to do with choice.