Maryland Pregnancy Center Attack Earns Washington Post, Pro-Life Condemnation
by Steven Ertelt
November 26, 2009
Baltimore, MD (LifeNews.com) — A new measure the Montgomery County government is considering that attacks pregnancy centers is so outrageous that the Washington Post editorial board, known for its consistently pro-abortion bent, is joining pro-life advocates in condemning it.
Council member Duchy Trachtenberg is behind the proposal.
The new measure, similar to one the Baltimore City council approved that is awaiting the potential signature or veto from the pro-abortion major, would fine centers that don’t post signs saying they don’t do abortions.
The idea is to punish pregnancy center for attracting women considering abortions and providing them with the kind of information, alternatives and tangible pregnancy help abortion centers don’t provide.
In a Monday editorial, the Post described the proposed local ordinance as "flawed" and said it "should be rejected" next month when the county votes on it.
"Pregnancy centers are most often nonprofit organizations that offer free services to women facing unwanted or unexpected pregnancies," the Post explains. "It would require pregnancy centers to tell women, either in writing or orally during a first visit, that the centers are not medical clinics and that women should seek professional medical advice before making a decision."
The Post essentially says women who want an abortion wouldn’t be fooled by a pregnancy center because, "if a woman is intent on obtaining an abortion, she will soon find out that a pregnancy center is not for her."
The liberal newspaper labels the measure "too cryptic" and notes the hypocrisy that it "is suspect because it singles out pregnancy centers while absolving abortion clinics of any disclosure requirements regarding adoption or parenting options."
Meanwhile, Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life has also weighed in on the attacks, specifically in response to the newly-approved Baltimore ordinance that could become law.
The measure’s fate is now in the hands of Mayor Sheila Dixon who can sign the measure, veto it, or allow it become law by doing nothing.
"If it becomes law, the four pro-life pregnancy centers in the city will be required to post signs in English and Spanish indicating that they do not provide abortion or birth control. Failure to do so with ten days would result in a fine of $150," he explained. " This, naturally, is the brainchild of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland."
Andrusko lamented "the Baltimore City Council’s deliberate refusal to require abortion clinics to adhere to the same rule."
The council defeated an amendment that would have made abortion businesses meet similar requirements.
"The Baltimore bill is the first of its kind in the nation," he says, and worries that it could easily be replicated elsewhere in an effort to hamper or shut down pregnancy centers.
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