By Judie Brown
It’s incredible the way the pro-death media can spin a story. Take, for example, the drenched-in-pro-abort-propaganda Huffington Post. It recently reported (and I use the word loosely) on the latest pro-life v. pro-abort case to reach the US Supreme Court. In the article, in which it calls pro-life pregnancy centers “fake clinics,” the Huffington Post says: “Any Woman Can is part of a nationwide network of over 3,000 ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) established by evangelical Christians to dissuade women from having abortions. They masquerade as women’s health clinics.”
To see through this sham story, one must only understand that pro-life crisis pregnancy centers exist to protect mothers and their preborn children from the tragedy of abortion. They are NOT masquerading as anything. In fact, they could be the only genuine caring place these mothers and their preborn babies will ever encounter.
Regarding crisis pregnancy centers, the Supreme Court heard arguments this week in NIFLA v. Becerra—a case brought by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates to attempt to overturn a 2015 California law that “mandates that medical pro-life pregnancy centers provide written or digital information to their patients—such as a sign in the waiting room—on how to obtain a state-funded abortion. This means that nonprofit pro-life medical clinics as well as their staff and volunteers are being forced to violate their consciences—an outright violation of their First Amendment rights.”
When California first passed this law, pro-life organizations proposed a response. This measure “sponsored by pro-life advocates was proposed in 2016 [and] would have required abortion providers to provide information on pregnancy resource centers (in order to level the playing field). However, that legislation was killed in the first policy committee.” At the time, this was further evidence that the state of California had arrived at a new level of abortion extremism designed to shut down pro-life pregnancy care centers.
Such a sham!
But all is not lost. The Catholic News Agency reported that pro-lifers were elated upon hearing the Court’s reactions to the initial oral arguments. CNA included the following comments in its story:
“We hit a home run today in the court,” said NIFLA president Thomas Glessner. “In fact, [Alliance Defending Freedom CEO] Michael Farris hit a grand slam home run.”
Glessner added that he was “very optimistic” that the court would rule against California.
According to Farris, multiple justices—including members of the court’s more liberal wing—were concerned that that this law was too far-reaching.
These responses give us hope, but they also expose the sort of atmosphere in which our children are growing up in this age of decriminalized abortion. When a state like California sets its sights on denying freedom of speech to those who actually do the work of saving preborn children and their mothers from the cutting table of an abortion mill, we should all be concerned!
We must never tolerate laws designed to compel pro-lifers to advocate death. And we in the pro-life community must work harder than ever to educate our children, our grandchildren, our neighbors, and our family members about the horrors of abortion. We must never stop striving to oppose barbarians like those at Planned Parenthood and elsewhere. Most of all, we must continually pray for the wisdom to do what is right and just for our brothers and sisters—both born and preborn.
“Compelled to advocate death” must not be the mantra of future generations in our nation.