In the past months, reproductive health groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been abuzz about a new threat at crisis pregnancy centers – originally designed to provide pregnant women with bias free knowledge about all of their options including abortion – the threat of dishonest and incomplete information.
With a new anti-choice Congress, reproductive health groups are worried about cuts to women’s health services including funding for birth control and the potential disqualification of women’s health centers which provide abortion from Federal funding streams. As part of this anti-choice climate, reproductive health advocates note the concomitant rise in the provision of anti-abortion information by crisis pregnancy centers. Though women believe they are being given honest medical information, they are actually provided ideologically based medical advice that does not include information on the option to terminate pregnancy.
NARAL’s Petition to End Deception hopes to bring this issue to the attention of elected officials. By way of introduction to their petition, NARAL’s website states,
Crisis pregnancy centers intentionally deceive and misinform women about their reproductive health options. Pregnant women who walk into CPCs are not told or informed about the full range of their pregnancy options and methods of birth control. Worse than that, they aren’t informed that CPCs have a specific agenda designed to misinform and discourage abortion as well as the use of FDA-approved birth control methods. It is imperative that pregnant women receive accurate, comprehensive information about their options.
Luckily, New York City has been generally supportive (by comparison to much of the rest of the country) of reproductive health. There is current City Council legislation pending that would support honesty at crisis pregnancy centers. NARAL states:
New York City Council Intro. 371 will ensure that women in New York City know whether they will truly receive comprehensive options counseling when they go to a CPC, whether they will see a licensed medical provider, and that their private, personal information will be protected. We support this piece of legislation, and encourage the New York City Council to ensure its swift passage.
Tomorrow night, you can learn more about this bill, get a fuller look at the impact of crisis pregnancy centers and learn how to take action at a screening hosted by New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn of the HBO Documentary 12th and Delaware.
This new documentary by the Oscar-nominated directors of Jesus Camp offers a rare look at the battles over abortion rights that are being waged on the street corners of America – in particular, one street corner where an abortion clinic and an anti-abortion pregnancy care center sit across the street from each other.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Sabrina Shulman, Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice New York with Hon. Julissa Ferreras, Balin Anderson of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Kelly Baden of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and Jordan Goldberg of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Monday, January 31, 2011
NYU Casa Italiana
24 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Please note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected]
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