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Saturday, April 3, 2010

crisis pregnancy centers and historical heroes

Dr. Charlotte Denman Lozier, (1844-1870) wife, mother, scholar, physician, and woman

In 1866, Dr. Lozier refused-and had arrested-a man who was looking to procure an abortion.

In other news, I've been reading a lot of fire over the controversy that is the "Crisis Pregnancy Center". Allegedly, these centers are firmly right-wing, will use scare tactics to talk women out of abortion, even providing false and misleading information about how far along they are, how "it's not necessary to abort, the pregnancy isn't viable", subjecting them to propaganda images, etc. All while advertising as "abortion services".

Well, maybe it's because I live in the liberal Pacific Northwest, but I've never seen these centers advertised as "abortion services". They sit prominently at the top of the phone book as "abortion ALTERNATIVES". Some have ultrasound machines, some are desperate for them (guess which agenda fights against requiring women to view their ultrasounds before obtaining abortion?). Pretty much all are run by volunteers and don't charge for their services as they operate by donations.

Recently, in Baltimore, CPC's came under fire for not properly advertising their services. They were asked to put on their door that they do not offer or refer for abortion or birth control services. The Baltimore Archdiocese has stated this interferes with their right to free speech and religion.

Call me a dirty secular humanist, but I would hope any crisis pregnancy center would PROUDLY display that they do not offer abortion services (and artificial birth control if that goes against their beliefs too). Be proud of your beliefs!

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