Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Congressional Democrats target crisis pregnancy centers

LifeSiteNews is reporting that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with 14 Democratic co-sponsors, has introduced a bill that would order the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create regulations restricting the advertising practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs).  CPCs, such as West Des Moines’ InterVisions Health Clinic, serve women facing unexpected pregnancies with counseling and factual information about parenthood, adoption and abortion.  They also offer practical support for women who choose to parent, such as baby equipment, formula, diapers and clothing.  

The bill is aimed at marginalizing CPCs.  Rep. Maloney says that CPC advertisements claiming to offer information about abortion are misleading because CPCs do not provide or refer for abortions.  They also give information about abortion that can be discouraging to abortion-minded women, such as information on fetal development; information about post-abortion trauma; and the physical risks of abortion including infertility, infections, increased risk for breast cancer, and even death.
LifeSite reports that the wording of the bill is minimal, leaving the details to be written by Obama Administration bureaucrats, the same as was done with the Obamacare legislation.  Those administrative regulations, you may recall, require employers, including most religious based employers, to provide free birth control, abortion inducing drugs, and sterilization for their female employees. 

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

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