This week, I write about Christian-run pregnancy centers that advertise themselves as "Medical Clinics" but then present women with medically inaccurate information about abortion. This tactic helps discourage scared, young, and poor women without medical insurance (who primarily visit the centers) from considering abortion as an option.
I go to a bathroom and pee in a cup while staring at a poster of "A Woman's Monthly Carousel." I worry a secret worry that I could actually be pregnant. When I return to the room, it seems that the fetuses have been rearranged to all stare at me with their dark, blank panda eyes, and Choice of a Lifetime is queued on the television. Diane is gone. The video informs me that if I have an abortion, my chances of dying within the year are four times greater than if I chose to keep the pregnancy. If I make it through that year alive, according to the video, my risk of getting breast cancer is likely to "increase by 50 percent." If, down the road, I do decide to have children, I might not be able to bond with them. I could also suffer for years from post-abortion syndrome (a condition dismissed by the American Psychological Association) that may lead me to contemplate suicide.
Then a woman on the video recounts her experience of getting an abortion after being forcibly raped. She says it was easier to forgive her rapist than to forgive herself for getting an abortion because "I did that to myself." The not-so-subtle subtext of the video: Have the baby. Keep it, put it up for adoption, give it to a pack of wolves to raise—anything is better than having an abortion.
The article doesn't go into great detail about the legislation currently being debated that would change how the centers operate, because I'd already covered that (more about the bills here and here).
But if you're horrified by how they operate, contact your legislators and let 'em know. Or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000.