I confess that I am both appalled and fascinated by the abortion lobby’s obsession with Pregnancy Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers. The language they use betrays not only their determination not to understand what these women-helping centers, but also a willingness to freely distort to the point of absurdity.
When it come to talking about their nemesis, the actions of the Abortion Industry are the reverse of the three wise monkeys: they only see, hear, and speak evil of “fake clinics.”
For example, the Abortion Industry’s Leader of the Pack—Planned Parenthood—kills 320,000+ babies a year. They are a $1.4 billion “non-profit” primarily because of the revenue their abortion carnage brings in.
PPFA is compensated annually by the federal government to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. They benefit from other government sources as well and a growing amount of that comes from private sources.
For example, according to a story in the Dallas Morning News, an anonymous donor has promised $9 million earmarked for Planned Parenthood clinics in West Texas.
So when I read the first paragraph from the pro-abortion website Rewire.news I can only shake my head in disbelief:
Among the Texas fake clinics identified by Rewire.News, more than 50 receive state funding through a program created by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2005.
That’s pennies on the dollars compared to the pipeline through which public and private resources stream into the abortion industry’s coffers. It’s a faucet drip compared to a river. If I were the author of the Rewire.news piece, I’d be embarrassed.
But there is a lot of good news in the post, which, of course, is bad news for them. Here are a few examples…
For every abortion provider in Texas, there are ten crisis pregnancy centers or fake clinics [a total of 200], staffed by anti-choice activists trying to dissuade people from seeking abortion services.
Ah, yes, these clinics are trying to dissuade “people” (otherwise known as women) from aborting. And the reason there are ten times more of them than there are abortion clinics is that they are almost entirely staffed by women, the overwhelming percentage of which are volunteers .
Emily Martin, program director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told Rewire.News that fake clinics are “thriving” in the state, while access to abortion care continues to be “bleak.”
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Are they “thriving” because of state funding, which is obviously the suggestion? Of course not.
One of the catchy new idioms coined by the Abortion Industry is “abortion deserts,” defined in the article as “major cities where people have to travel more than 100 miles to reach an abortion facility.” Texas has 10 of the 27, we’re told, and (horror of horrors), “There is at least one fake clinic in each of the state’s cities classified as an abortion desert.”
For people living in those areas, Martin said, fake clinics may seem like the only option.
“I think it’s obvious that you could come to the conclusion that people living in places like the panhandle or West Texas, where there isn’t a nearby clinic that provides abortion, that they are going to end up [at] these places,” Martin said.
“End up” in a place that offers life instead of death, which seeks to find alternatives to killing unborn babies? How terrible…for Planned Parenthood.
I forwarded the Rewire.news story to Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRL’s director of education & research. He knows as much as any pro-lifer does about Planned Parenthood and the real situation in Texas. He responded
Pro-abortion activists loudly complain that pro-lifers oppose abortion but “do nothing” for pregnant women. Pregnancy Centers are proof that that is not true. Pro-lifers are out there to offer these moms the practical help that the abortion clinics would never, ever provide.
I asked him about the lament that abortion clinics are closing.
A lot of those abortion clinics shut down because there simply wasn’t enough demand for them, that there weren’t enough women “buying” what they’re selling anymore, which is death. Women are going where both they and their unborn babies are welcome, where they are finding their practical, physical, and spiritual needs met. They are met by people who assist them because they care, because they want to help, unlike the Abortion Industry which makes its profits by exploiting a woman’s misery.
Dr. O’Bannon concluded with an interesting question:
If the pregnancy care centers are addressing the full range of a pregnant mom’s needs, but the abortion clinic is offering only quick fetal death on an impersonal assembly line, exactly who really are the “fake clinics”?
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.