Anti-choicers thrive on deceit to further their agenda. First, a look at the crisis pregnancy centers in New York City, who might soon be required to tell the truth about their services. Catholic News Agency reports:
Councilmember Jessica Lappin, primary sponsor of the bill introduced Oct. 12, said crisis pregnancy centers are “anti-choice centers masquerading as health clinics.”
The Manhattan Democrat charges that the centers are not licensed medical facilities and generally do not have a licensed medical staff on site.
“They have staff or volunteers who have an agenda that they are trying to push,” she said.
Lappin’s bill would require centers to disclose whether they provide abortions, contraception or referrals for these procedures and services.
Centers that do not offer such services or have licensed medical personnel on site would be required to post that information at their facilities’ entrances as well as in waiting rooms and in advertisements. The new ordinance would impose fines ranging from $250 to $2,500 for violations.
Lappin charged that many crisis pregnancy centers are “set up purposely across the street from Planned Parenthood or in the same building as those clinics to try and confuse women and draw them in.”
But that’s the crisis pregnancy center business model! Deceive, manipulate, shame. Repeat. How will they react to having to disclose the truth on their front door?
Its president, Chris Slattery, called the proposal an “outrageous attack on the First Amendment rights of law-abiding, helpful resource centers.”
He said that EMC has saved over 38,000 women from abortions in the last 25 years. Because of this, Slattery thought, the New York City Council will “particularly focus its slanderous accusations against us.”
“We serve the abortion-bound clients they want to stop us from reaching.”
Sounds like he’ll keep fighting to save women from themselves.
And second in the lies and mistruths category today, we have the right-wing and anti-choice assertion that the new health care reform law is “the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions in decades.” The Washington Post attempted to clarify, but how did they really do in their response?
In the state-based exchanges that the law creates, people without employer-based coverage will be able to buy private insurance using a combination of their own money and federal subsidies that most will receive based on their income level. Drafters of the law attempted to assuage both sides of the abortion debate through a compromise that ended up pleasing neither.
Insurers are allowed to include abortion coverage in their exchange plans, but everyone who buys such a plan must make two separate premium payments: one covering the bulk of the policy and another, far smaller one, as little as $1 per month, for the plan’s abortion coverage. Any federal subsidies can be applied only to the first payment.
Antiabortion groups complain that the arrangement amounts to little more than an accounting gimmick. Unless plans that accept federally subsidized customers are barred from covering abortion, they say, the government will effectively be using at least some tax dollars to fund abortions.
To reassure them, Obama issued an executive order immediately after the law’s passage affirming his commitment to prevent federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. But the advocates complain that the order merely calls for compliance with the two-payment rule and is an “empty gesture.” Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters worry that in practice few if any plans on the exchanges will end up offering abortion coverage because insurers will find the two-payment rule cumbersome and consumers will consider it bizarre and objectionable. They also note that the law allows states to prohibit plans on their exchanges from offering abortion coverage, an exception that could affect large numbers of women.
Hmm, it sounds as if the federal government is making every effort to not pay for abortion, yet allow people to not lose the coverage they already have.
Mini-Roundup: Parents are starting to think Glee is a little too racy for their kids.
- Poll Reveals Support for Birth Control in Health Care Reform – KOMU-TV
- Attempted murder charge in alleged abortion drive – Washington Post
- Young farmers support HIV project – BBC News
- NY City targets pregnancy centers as part of ‘nationwide strategy’ – Catholic News Agency
- Brian Miller, Q & A – Quad City Times
- Daily News: HIV Funding Goes to Prison, Hard-Hit Communities – Nurse.com
- Adventure Web: Site helps adventurers raise funds for kids with HIV – Kansas City Star
- Zambia: Don’t Make HIV a Crime – Mogae – AllAfrica.com
- Fleeing West from Poland’s Restrictive Abortion Laws – Spiegel Online
- Forced abortions for Chinese women – Aljazeera.net
- Mammogram Experience Motivates Others – KITV Honolulu
- No fight over sex education, Montgomery County school board candidate promises – Business Gazette
- Poll Shows Support For Birth Control as a Preventive Service – Public News Service
- Troubled abortion provider has local ties – Centre Daily Times
- African trainees take part in workshop on reproductive health communication – Zawya
- Los Angeles AIDS walk – The Corsair
- Belgian Princess Urges ‘Better Education’ for Women, Girls – Liberian Daily Observer
- Uganda Health News: MPs want government to legalise abortion – UGPulse.com
- Film gives hope against HIV – Sowetan
- Coalition aims to help women get life-saving mammograms – Journal Times
- First study of Chicago Catholics reveals unwavering faith – Chicago Tribune
- Editorial: Putting a focus on teen parents – Memphis Commercial Appeal
- First comprehensive sex poll takes place in 20 years – University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
- Ghana Mineworkers Union organises VCT on HIV/AIDS – GhanaWeb
- UW-L students’ anti-abortion display vandalized – La Crosse Tribune
- Religion should not be a political platform – UConn Daily Campus
- Enough is enough – San Antonio Current
- ‘State, NGOs not doing enough to help battered women’ – Jerusalem Post
- Rick Santorum stokes additional speculation on his bid for 2012 GOP … – PennLive.com
- HIV/AIDS status grim in Australia: Experts – News-Medical.net
- Prop. 8 and similar measures create bias and isolation, attorney tells court – Los Angeles Times
- Boyfriend who tried to force abortion charged with attempted murder – Columbus Dispatch
- 8 Types of Human Papilloma Virus – Brandimposter.com
- Barney Frank: Save abortion by saving me! – Washington Examiner (blog)
- Porn actor’s HIV test results officially reported to LA County – Los Angeles Times (blog)
- Is AIDS really a ‘winnable’ public health battle? – msnbc.com
- Latinas Avoid Cancer Screening – Bru Direct
- New HIV cases on the rise – ABC Online
- Teen pregnancy rates fall sharply in county – Lexington Dispatch
- Breast Cancer Prevention: Read the Facts – WIBW
- Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Posts An “It Gets Better” Video – The Frisky (blog)
- A Forum on Teen Pregnancy: Facts, Faces, Implications – Food For Thought, A News Cafe
- The Lone Star Dispatch: Pregnancy becomes cultural phenomenon – my.hsj.org
- What Pro-Life Wisconsin believes – Isthmus Daily Page
- Students Across the Country Pledge to be Allies to LGBT Youth During GLSEN’s … – San Francisco Chronicle
- Pregnancy and the Flu Vaccine – Frisco Texas News
- Groveton man cuts birth control out of girl’s arm illegally, deputies say – KTRE
- October is “Let’s Talk Month” – Quad-Cities Online
- Quinn Blasts Brady for Cancer Screeing Opposition – WGIL Radio News
- ‘Project Runway’ contestant copes with HIV – Houma Courier
- Anti-abortion rights group targets 42 Democrats – Washington Post
- Fighting HIV Stereotypes – The Link
- What's at stake come November – San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
- Women Sterilised Against Their Will in Peru Seek Justice, Again – Upside Down World
- Prop 8 Plaintiffs File to Keep Ruling that Overturns the Antigay Law – SheWired
- New Program Aims to Prevent Multiple C-Section Dangers – Fox News
- Let’s talk sex, kids, and don’t tell mommy! – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
- ‘Mad Men’: The real reason Joan didn’t have an abortion – The Week Magazine
- Fetal Pain Law Takes Effect – Care2.com (blog)
- Gov. candidates differ on family planning services – WAAY
- Why Christine Oâ€™Donnell Is Not a Joke – truthout
- AU Launches African Women’s Decade Project To Improve Health, Development – Kaiser Family Foundation
- AFRICA: Study highlights need for better post-rape care in conflict – Plus News
- West Jakarta Intensifies Family Planning for Men – BeritaJakarta.com
- Gambia: Mothers Sensitised on Breastfeeding – AllAfrica.com
- Health care law fact check: Medicaid, health spending, and abortion myths and … – Washington Post
- No secrets, no dumb questions in Robert Crown’s sex education classes – TribLocal
- Also In Global Health News: UN Women To Tackle Violence; Leishmaniasis In … – Medical News Today (press release)
- We need a year of the pro-life woman – U.S. Catholic magazine (blog)
- Racy moments on ‘Glee’ alarm parents – Chicago Sun-Times
- No place for homophobia in schools – Victoria Times Colonist
- In Colorado, big coffers mean slew of negative ads – Washington Post
- “Whether you like it or not!” – California Catholic Daily
- Students must ‘opt in’ for sex education – UW Badger Herald