The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has, in the words of the New York Times, opened a front against crisis pregnancy centers in the city. A bill introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen would prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from putting out any advertisement deemed “misleading”. CPCs found in violation of the law would have to pay a fine of $500, pay for and then put out “corrective” advertising, and post a sign on its property saying whether it provides abortions or contraception.
Cohen said, “One of the most serious threats to reproductive rights today comes from so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ which misrepresent themselves as non-political medical providers, but that push anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women.”
Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund notes in the Washington Examiner that the bill would apply to internet advertising as well.
Of course, we all know that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is acting in good faith and really wants to help women, so after they pass these new regulations on crisis pregnancy centers that “push anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women,” they’ll do the same for the Planned Parenthood centers and abortion clinics which push pro-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women. Right?
Wrong. This is another piece of evidence that the “pro-choice” side isn’t really about choice. To them, women have only one choice – abortion. Anyone who offers real alternatives and solutions to women in need is guilty of lying and pushing propaganda. But the abortion clinics who don’t offer any alternatives and say abortion is a “safe” and “easy” solution are doing a heroic service to women. In a “pro-choice” world, there are no real choices for women who need help. “Pro-choice” really means “pro-abortion.”