J & K miserable in Phoenix

Monday, April 24, 2006

My soapbox post.. If you don't like it, you don't have to respond..

An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one of Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" run by an anti-abortion group, one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic and was designed expressly to lure Planned Parenthood patients and deceive them.The group took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there. The "crisis pregnancy center" had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will. The "crisis pregnancy center" staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl's home and calling her father's workplace. Our clinic director reports that the girl was "scared to death to leave her house." They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion. The anti-choice movement is setting up these "crisis pregnancy centers" across the country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and run ads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive health services, but they dispense anti-choice propaganda and intimidation instead. And according to a recent article in The New York Times, there are currently more of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortion providers. What's more, these centers have received $60 million in government grants. They're being funded by our tax dollars.A bill has just been introduced in Congress to stop the fraudulent practices of fake clinics, but it desperately needs more support. Tell your representative to take a stand: anti-choice extremists must not get away with this any longer!Go to: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/fakeclinics


Blogger Dave said...

That is one scary story! Fortunately the anti choice brigade have not made an impression over here. Nice to see you back in the blogging world!

7:24 AM  
Blogger Charlotte in Pa said...

Rat bastards.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Richard in a cubicle said...

Kate - I miss you, but it's delightful you're happy to be away from the old job. Yes, I miss your smile and the occasional wink, but I miss your stubbornly honest politico-social orientation to life. (I'll pursue to "fake planned parenthood" thing further - the blatant dishonesty and cruelty of 'true believers' is astounding). I know you'll stay with your career steps - You're intelligent, strong, stubborn, humorous (read one of your earlier notes - knowledge is scary until you dive into it). Best wishes you and J. rtsearles @cox.net

3:51 PM  

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