The following comes from a May 1 LA Times article by Robin Abcarian:
You’ve seen the billboards up and down the state: “Pregnant and scared?”
Well, Dania Flores wasn’t pregnant but she was a little bit scared the first time she visited a crisis pregnancy center. A recent high school graduate, she was working undercover, posing as a pregnant teen to gather intel on these operations, which have but one goal: to prevent abortion.
Last year, Flores visited 43 crisis pregnancy centers around California, many in impoverished parts of the Central Valley. She was recruited by NARAL Pro-Choice California to help bolster political support for a law that would force crisis pregnancy centers to inform women that they might be entitled to state-funded support for all reproductive health services, including prenatal care and abortion.
In an interview Monday at NARAL’s office here, Flores told me she did not record her visits, which would have violated California law, but recorded herself immediately after most visits, sometimes in the car, while the details were still fresh.
Similar investigations have been conducted around the country. Vice Media also went undercover. In April, Cosmopolitan published an account of a crisis pregnancy center conference where the work was described as a ministry.
In all her visits to CPCs, Flores said she was never informed that abortion was a safe, legal alternative to childbirth. She was never told that California’s Medi-Cal program covered the cost of reproductive services, including abortion. Nor that time was of the essence.
Instead, she says, she was misled and shamed by anti-abortion activists masquerading as concerned healthcare providers.
In Burbank, she was asked to watch a video of an actual abortion. In Hollywood and Lodi, staffers shared with her the guilt they felt after their own abortions.
In Mountain View, she agreed to a free vaginal ultrasound after a regular ultrasound did not detect a fetus — because, of course, there wasn’t one. After inserting the wand, the sonogram technician mistook Flores’ IUD for a fetus, and informed her it did not have a heartbeat.
Every clinic spouted the lie that abortions cause breast cancer. “You’re 16 and they’re telling you you’re going to get breast cancer,” Flores said. “You don’t want to get breast cancer, so you don’t do it.”
“A lot of what they said to Dania is outrageous,” said Rebecca Griffin of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “But it’s all corroborated with their print materials.”
Satan ain’t stupid.
Of course, what do the bishops say to Planned Parenthood and to abortion enablers, generally? Well, Abp. Cupich is getting pretty friendly with 100% pro-abort politician Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).
In fact, Catholic People, many, many in the Church really do not care about contraception, or abortion, or euthanasia, or homosexual sex, or divorce/remarry without annulment. But, what can you expect from a Church whose leaders directs missionaries not to proselytize?
Really a shame, but the institutional Church is chock-full of bishops that really like the “commitment” to women that groups like NARAL make, and to young men, that perverts like “Fr.” Godfrey make. Time to rise up, People!! Stop putting your dollars into the collection plate. Make the fat, over-fed and over-adored bishops earn their keep, or better yet, get out.
My daughter is 36. Her dear friend, who is now an RN, had her first child at 15. She went on birth control right after she had the baby. At 33 years old she developed the most aggressive form of breast cancer. The first question her oncologist asked her was “Do you take birth control?'” The second was, “How old were you when you started taking it?” She survived the radical mastectomy but lost half of her abdominal muscles which they harvested for a breast reconstruction which failed. Three years later she is now going through chemo again because she has bone cancer, a side effect of the breast cancer chemo and radiation cure. She is thirty six years old and still has one child in high school. She hopes to see her graduate. Please pray for her. There are 57 studies with correlations so high they are considered almost cause and effect with regard to abortion and contraception links and risks to breast cancer. The world health organization lists birth control as a number 1 carcinogen. My daughters friend sure wished she knew about these risks. They didn’t tell her though. This poor foolish girl doesn’t know what she is talking about.
Simone, excellent post. The dangers of the deadliest form of breast cancer, in young women who have never gone full term, are extraordinarily high. Increased risk is over 200%, I think. The clinics are silent and busy with the business of giving out the carcinogen contraceptives and doing running their abortion profit centers. At some point in her life, pretty, ambitious, and ignorant Dania will probably be wearing pink ribbons and “racing for the cure” to support a relative or friend with breast cancer. Dania will think of herself as an involved caring woman doing all she can to promote research for a cure to this horrible killer disease.
I have a girlfriend who vollunters at a crisis pregnancy center. From what she tells my nothing like what’s described in the article happens there.
“Every clinic spouted the lie that abortions cause breast cancer.”
Baloney. This is no lie, just another “inconvenient truth” the “Choice” lobby can’t stomach.
“Gut and Amend” is a term used by ‘our’ legislature to Bait and Switch the language in Bills already Heard & Passed from Committee – and put them forward with either important differences never before mentioned (or in some cases completely new contents), without having to bother with another hearing. Such Scam is Upon us Again, according to California Family Council:
Dirty Tricks: AB 775 Headed for Vote
On Monday, we reminded you about AB 775, the bill that would force pregnancy centers to advertise abortions.
And on Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee was supposed to hold a hearing, give concerned citizens a chance to call, email, and visit Assembly Members to voice their concerns.
But in a last-minute tactic, they amended AB 775 to prevent you from being heard!
The bill’s author, Assemblyman David Chiu from San Francisco, cleverly stripped the fiscal language from his bill. Chiu’s maneuvering means AB 775 bypassed the Appropriations Committee yesterday and immediately advanced. Now, the bill will move forward to the floor of the Assembly for a full vote, possibly as early as next Monday!
Time is now of the essence. Pro-abortion advocates in Sacramento will stop at nothing until every pregnancy resource center in California is forced to advertise for state-funded abortion centers.
We need your help to educate our fellow citizens about threats like AB 775.
California Family Council and California Family Alliance