Maryland Pro-Life Advocates Worry Legislature Will Target Pregnancy Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Maryland Pro-Life Advocates Worry Legislature Will Target Pregnancy Centers

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 13
, 2009

Annapolis, MD ( — Maryland pro-life advocates are worried abortion advocates in the state legislature will try a second time to target and harass pregnancy centers. The centers provide women with tangible pregnancy help and support but abortion businesses see them eating away at their profits.

Nancy Paltell, the associate director for respect life at the Maryland Catholic Conference, told the Catholic Review newspaper about what she sees coming.

She believes the bill will be brought back that makes pregnancy centers tell their clients that they do not provide medically sound information. Abortion advocates are upset that the centers provide women truthful information about abortion’s medical and mental health risks and complications.

“Abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood and NARAL want to shut down their competition,” Paltell says. “It would have a chilling effect on the good work that is done by these centers.”

“The centers help women avoid the trauma of abortion,” Paltell said.

The original legislation came about after the pro-abortion group NARAL conducted an "investigation" whereby its volunteers went to pregnancy centers pretending to be clients and reported that they supposedly received bad information.

Mary Henney wrote about the investigation in the publication of Care Net, a national network of thousands of pregnancy centers.

"In their report, NARAL uses biased research and unscientific survey methods to accuse the 42 centers in Maryland, which serve approximately 30,000 clients each year, of wrongdoing. Their effort is a part of a national effort by abortion groups to disparage the reputation of pregnancy centers and deter women from visiting our centers for help," she said.

"NARAL then used the concocted report to inspire Maryland Senate Bill 690 and House Bill 1146," she said of the previous bills.

Paltell is also concerned that the state legislature with authorize taxpayer funding of unethical biomedical research such as human cloning or embryonic stem cell research.

She says the money would be better spent on alternatives, like adult stem cell research or the new iPS cells from direct reprogramming, that are actually helping patients.

“It’s not the time to spend money on unethical research,” she said.

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