Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued a biased consumer alert Tuesday warning women that pro-life pregnancy resource centers will encourage them to choose life for their unborn babies.
Pro-life organizations make no secret of the fact that they want to help pregnant mothers and save unborn babies from abortions, but discouraging abortion increasingly is being treated as a bad thing by the pro-abortion movement.
The Minnesota Reformer report Ellison, a pro-abortion Democrat who is up for re-election in November, asserted that pregnancy centers claim to provide “comprehensive health care but actually push pregnant people away from abortion — often through deceiving messaging and methods.”
“As Minnesota’s chief consumer advocate and legal officer, I want to alert Minnesotans that crisis pregnancy centers often do not offer the services they claim to offer, and that the information about abortion and contraception they offer may be inaccurate or misleading,” Ellison said in a statement.
His claims are based on a biased report from a pro-abortion alliance seeking to vilify the life-saving work of the pro-life nonprofits.
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The report by The Alliance: State Advocates for Women’s Rights & Gender Equality claims pro-life pregnancy centers present “unethical” and “false” information. Examples listed in the report include telling women that an abortion can increase her risk of mental health problems, which is well documented, or sharing information about the life-saving abortion pill reversal treatment, which has saved thousands of babies’ lives.
“Keith Ellison is acting like an advocate for the abortion industry, not for Minnesota women,” Scott Fischbach, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life executive director, responded Tuesday. “Relying on a ‘report’ produced by abortion advocacy groups, the attorney general is targeting these compassionate centers with misleading criticism while showing absolutely no concern about Minnesota’s abortion facilities, which are not licensed or inspected by the state.”
Fischbach said pro-life pregnancy centers, of which there are 90 in Minnesota, provide practical support so that pregnant women do not feel that aborting their unborn babies is their only option.
Even the pro-abortion alliance report found that the most common service that Minnesota pregnancy centers offer is free maternity and baby supplies – important aid for pregnant mothers who are struggling financially.
Despite their good work, pregnancy centers frequently are a target of pro-abortion politicians, the abortion industry and radical abortion activists. Several have been firebombed and dozens have been vandalized since May. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, even demanded that they be completely “shut down” in a recent interview because they supposedly “torture” women.
The American public, however, recognizes their value. According to Townhall:
Poll numbers released Tuesday from The 85 Fund showed that 64 percent of Americans support the public funding of pregnancy centers that do not perform abortions. This figure included 70 percent of respondents who are Democrats.
After respondents learned more about pregnancy resources centers, overall support increased to 74 percent. The number of Democrats who supported public funding to these centers grew to 73 percent.
According to an analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pregnancy centers have helped save more than 800,000 unborn babies from abortion since 2016. The research found an estimated 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers served about 2 million people in 2019, providing more than 730,000 pregnancy tests, nearly half a million ultrasounds, 1.3 million packs of diapers and more than 2 million baby outfits, all for free. Many offer post-abortion counseling as well.
Helping mothers choose life for their babies is a good thing, and even research by abortion activists supports this. A widely touted project by pro-abortion researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that 96 percent of mothers who wanted but were denied abortions later were glad that they had their babies.