Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Scary Stuff

This post is a part of my “Out of the Kitchen” weekly column at The Progressive Playbook in which various news and pop culture items will be examined through a feminist lens.

News broke yesterday that San Francisco is launching an attack on “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” in the form of proposed legislation and legal action against their false advertising. In case you don’t know; this is really, really, REALLY good stuff for those of us who simply believe that women matter.

I’m going to take this breaking news as an opportunity to remind everyone why “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) are hugely problematic and widely discredited. The truth is that CPCs are biased. They are typically run by vehemently anti-abortion activists who have a singular purpose: prey on women who are scared, pregnant, and alone. They capitalize on this vulnerability for their own agenda and coerce them into delivering a baby, sometimes by any means necessary. They are “anti-choice” in the strictest sense of the word; they literally deprive women of the information needed to make a choice or even understand that there are choices. Read more...

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