Jennifer Roback Morse

The Abortion Lobby must be desperate. They evidently feel threatened by little old ladies who give away free baby clothes to women in crisis pregnancies. The Abortion Lobby’s latest hyperventilation calmly titled, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: An Affront to Choice,” launches a very un-subtle, non-nuanced broadside against Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

After reading a few of the headlines of news stories, published by the Lap Dog media, dutifully publishing Abortion Lobby press releases, I decided to take a look at the study myself, to see if there was any substance to their claims. There isn’t. The study is nothing more than a collection of outrageous whining by the National Abortion Federation.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (abbreviated CPCs) arose in response to Roe v. Wade. People who felt themselves politically disenfranchised by Roe v. Wade turned their energies toward the private, voluntary sector and tried to make the decision for life as easy and as appealing as possible for women in crisis pregnancies.

Most of the 4,000 Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country are staffed by volunteers and funded by donations. Many CPCs are small but earnest: little old ladies give away baby clothes and show pregnant women plastic models of fetal development. Other CPCs are full scale medical clinics, with doctors on staff. These CPCs provide pre-natal care, labor and delivery, well-baby visits, parenting classes, and of course, free baby clothes. This variety is exactly what you would expect from a network of volunteer organizations that arise spontaneously in response to an important social need.

So what is the Abortion Lobby’s beef? Crisis Pregnancy Centers mislead pregnant women.

CPCs chose locations close to abortion providers.

Women become confused by the close proximity of a CPC and an abortion provider.

That’s called competition. Besides, the Abortion Lobby has been telling us for years that women are in complete command of themselves at all times. The Abortion Lobby thinks even a thirteen year old “woman” is considered competent enough to choose for herself, without any parental guidance. And now, the National Abortion Federation tells us that these poor hapless women can’t even find their way across the parking lot and into the correct building.

CPCs target women in low-income neighborhoods.

Jennifer Roback Morse

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World. She blogs at

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