Almost as soon as abortion became legal in the this country, the first Pregnancy Centers opened their doors. So many times, women turn to abortion because they just don’t know what else to do. Often, it is a panic reflex; when they have time to think things through, they realize that destroying their child is not the way to go. Friends and family step in with their support and things begin to take on a rosier glow.
Over 50 million children have been destroyed since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973. However, I would venture to say that several million more are alive because of the work of Pregnancy Centers nationwide. At our Center, we estimate that around 2100 babies were saved in the last three years alone. The abortion industry denies that we have any impact at all; however, recently proposed legislation suggests otherwise.
A couple of years ago, the city of Baltimore passed an ordinance that all Pregnancy Centers had to post signs stating that they did not perform or refer for abortion. Centers had to post these signs in all their advertising and on their walls or face steep fines. Of course, the abortion clinics did not have to post signs that they did not provide pro-life counseling (or that they did not do dental work or change the oil in their car, among the myriad of other things they did not provide!) Please tell me, can you name any other business that has to tell people what they don’t do? It’s ludicrous!!!
Emboldened by the law in Baltimore, New York City jumped on the band wagon (See my blog from October 13, 2010 for more details.) Fortunately, that city ordinance is still pending. However, now the state of Washington is taking the legislation to a whole new level. (Of course, with their assisted suicide laws, they are often the forerunners where death is concerned.)
This Wednesday, the Washingon state Senate will hear legislation requiring the same notices as in Baltimore. However, there they must be posted in five different languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Cambodian and Laotian) in 30 point font, on the front door and in any advertisements. Okay, this is stupid and annoying, but it is not the most dangerous part of the bill.
The proposed legislation in Washington also requires immediate documentation about the results of the woman’s pregnancy test and that “accurate information” must be given. Supposedly to safeguard all this, Centers can be sued by anyone at anytime (even by people who have never been to the Center.) Even more appalling, there is no need to provide proof to win the lawsuit (whatever happened to being innocent until proven guilty?) And, it is not specified whose definition of truth that the courts must go by.
If this passes, all a woman would have to do is disagree with something that was told her at a Pregnancy Center. Let’s say she did not agree that abortion causes breast cancer. So, she could press charges, saying that the Center told her a lie. She could win the court case and collect damages without proving that this “untruth” did anything to her at all- she just didn’t happen to agree. (If this sounds crazy, that is because it is!!)
Please pray for this hearing, which is scheduled to take place around 10:00 am Central time on Wednesday, Feb. 2. In a sane world, this would be laughed out of the room. However, like I’ve mentioned, the state of Washington has a love affair with death. A similar bill failed to make it out of committee last year, so we need to pray that this will happen again and that it will never return.
On the positive side, a judge in Baltimore recently ruled that their crazy law mandating Centers to post that they don’t do abortions violated the Freedom of Speech clause of Article 1 of the Constitution. Hooray for sanity! Let’s just hope this puts a damper on pending legislation elsewhere. It gives me hope that maybe we are not too far gone in the country after all!
Keeping it true! Barb