California abortion activists staged a protest outside a pro-life pregnancy center on Wednesday, an unusual move that attacked the “choices” for pregnant women that they claim to support.
Calling themselves “pro-choice,” the protesters criticized the Women’s Resource Clinic in Chico, California because it offers women alternatives to abortion.
KRCR TV reports the pro-abortion group Women On Reproductive Defense, or W.O.R.D., organized the protest in coordination with the International Women’s Day on March 8. The protesters carried signs and wore red in protest of the services the pro-life pregnancy center offers.
Here’s more from the report:
Sandra Scholten, a spokesperson for W.O.R.D. says she and the others in the group don’t believe the Women’s Resource Clinic is a “real” health center.
“I used to work for Planned Parenthood and every week we would have young women come in, in tears saying they’ve come into this place and other places like them,” Scholten said.
Scholten went on to say that the Women’s Resource Clinic has shamed women she’s met for having abortions.
Despite this criticism, the faith-based clinic’s website says it offers free services such as pregnancy tests, education on options for families with unplanned pregnancies, post abortion counseling and more.
The pregnancy center also assures women on its website that it offers “judgment free support” and confidential consultations. It also is medically licensed and provides ultrasounds that allow women to see their unborn babies.
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Abortion activists increasingly have been attacking pro-life pregnancy centers, claiming that they lie to women and shame them into choosing life for their unborn children.
What most pregnancy centers actually do is counsel pregnant women about all the options available to them. They inform women about the potential risks of abortion and their unborn baby’s development – something abortion clinics often fail to do. Most pregnancy centers provide their services free of charge, including material support such as diapers and maternity clothes, referrals for housing and food assistance, and more. Many also provide post-abortion counseling to women who have had abortions.
Pregnancy centers operate on small budgets, too. Many are funded solely by donations and largely run by volunteers. However, they do take away business from abortion clinics.
NARAL and other pro-abortion groups have been attacking pregnancy centers through legislation and other efforts. Right now, California pregnancy centers are battling a NARAL-backed state law that forces them to advertise free, taxpayer-funded abortions to clients. Failure to comply would result in crippling fines. The pregnancy centers hope the U.S. Supreme Court will hear their case against the law this year.