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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:06 PM

Pregnancy Centers Gain Influence in Anti-Abortion Arena

With free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, along with diapers, parenting classes and even temporary housing, pregnancy centers are playing an increasingly influential role in the anti-abortion movement. While most attention has focused on scores of new state laws restricting abortion, the centers have been growing in numbers and gaining state financing and support.

Largely run by conservative Christians, the centers say they offer what Roland Warren, head of Care Net, one of the largest pregnancy center organizations, described as “a compassionate approach to this issue.”

As they expand, they are adding on-call or on-site medical personnel and employing sophisticated strategies to attract women, including Internet search optimization and mobile units near Planned Parenthood clinics.

“They’re really the darlings of the pro-life movement,” said Jeanneane Maxon, vice president for external affairs at Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group. “That ground level, one-on-one, reaching-the-woman-where-she’s-at approach.”

Pregnancy centers, while not new, now number about 2,500, compared with about 1,800 abortion providers. Ms. Maxon estimated that the centers see about a million clients annually, with another million attending abstinence and other programs. Abortion rights advocates have long called some of their approaches deceptive or manipulative. Medical and other experts say some dispense scientifically flawed information, exaggerating abortion’s risks.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/health/pregnancy-centers-gain-influence-in-anti-abortion-fight.html?pagewanted=all

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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:14 PM

1. It would be great if they offered something besides Christian dogma and

bullshit "medical" data. If they were real Christians, wouldn't they advocate for more funding for healthcare for single moms and for maternity leave and food assistance for those that did want to continue their pregnancies? They offer nothing but empty religious platitudes.

Yuck.

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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:30 PM

2. None of this would have worked with my Aunt

Middle aged, married, mother of 2 grown children, and grandmother of one. Change of life "accident" that they didn't want. I suppose these people could never wrap their brains around that kind of a situtation. Oh, and this happened in the 1940s's when abortion WAS illegal, BUT there always were "ways" around the law.

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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:43 PM

3. The Hand Maiden's Tale

And we all thought it was just a book!

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