Sen. Elizabeth Warren, joined by six other Democrats, attacked the life-saving work of pregnancy resource centers again Monday in an intimidating letter to Heartbeat International, one of the largest pregnancy help organizations in the world.
“This is naked politics intended not to help women but to influence elections. It is clearly a stunt designed to appease Big Abortion power brokers,” Heartbeat president Jor-El Godsey responded Tuesday.
Godsey said they received the accusatory letter late Monday and, before they had time to respond, saw a Time magazine article about it Tuesday morning. He pointed out that never once did the senators condemn the numerous acts of arson, vandalism, harassment and threats targeting pregnancy centers this year.
“Instead, they’ve spent their time fabricating a narrative on unfounded speculation,” Godsey said.
In recent months, Warren, D-Massachusetts, has been spreading lies about pro-life pregnancy centers, claiming they “torture” women and need to be “shut down.”
In the letter Monday, she accused Heartbeat of “luring pregnant people” to pro-life organizations by using “false and misleading tactics” and potentially violating patient privacy laws, Fox News reports.
Warren also claimed pregnancy centers “are not legitimate medical providers,” ignoring how many have staff and volunteer doctors and nurses.
“After luring pregnant people – many in desperate situations – to affiliate CPC facilities by using a variety of false and misleading tactics, Heartbeat International then collects a significant amount of their personal health care information, which in many cases does not appear to be protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),” the letter claimed. “We fear that … this information may be used to put women’s health and freedom to choose in jeopardy, and to put them and their health care providers at risk of criminal penalties.”
According to the Catholic News Agency, Warren demanded answers from Heartbeat to more than a dozen questions, including, “Does Heartbeat International share people’s data with anyone? If yes, with whom?”
Six other Democrat senators also signed the letter: Cory Booker, of New Jersey; Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii; Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; Ron Wyden, of Oregon; Edward Markey, of Massachusetts; and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut.
The work of pregnancy resource centers is more critical than ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and states are beginning to protect unborn babies from abortions again. Pregnant and parenting moms in crisis need support, and pro-life organizations are working to expand resources to help more families.
However, abortion activists and Democrat political leaders have been attacking their life-saving efforts through false and misleading statements – and even violence. LifeNews has recorded more than 100 reports of arson, vandalism, harassment and threats since May. In July, however, U.S. House Democrats blocked a resolution condemning the violence.
This week, Godsey defended their work against the latest attacks, saying Warren and the other senators are bullying pro-lifers just for helping mothers and babies in need.
“Rather than finding ways to help women be able to choose something besides abortion, they have used their political powers to bully those who are helping women make life-affirming choices,” he said. “What we do is safe, secure, and legal. Heartbeat has been providing help for more than 50 years and never once did we receive any of these questions or concerns until recently, and then from those with a clear abortion agenda. It’s politics, and we regret only that it’s a distraction to our important work of helping women find alternatives to abortion.”
Heartbeat International oversees approximately 2,800 affiliated pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and non-profit adoption agencies. These organizations provide counseling, pregnancy tests, diapers, cribs, clothing, temporary shelter, adoption support, post-abortion counseling and more to help families choose life for their unborn babies.
The Ohio-based organization also runs the abortion pill reversal hotline, which has helped thousands of pregnant mothers reverse the effects of the abortion pill and save their unborn babies’ lives.
According to an analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pregnancy resource centers have helped save more than 800,000 unborn babies from abortion since 2016. The research found U.S. 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.