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    by Trevor Schakohl   FBI Director Christopher Wray claims the agency has begun multiple investigations into terrorist threats against pro-life groups and clinics in a Thursday judiciary committee meeting. “We have opened a number of domestic violent extremist investigations, using our joint terrorism task forces, that are specifically focused on attacks or threats against churches, pro-life organizations pregnancy, resource centers, similar types of organizations,” Wray told Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee in his testimony before the committee. The FBI director cited operations in Des Moines, Iowa, Tennessee and North Carolina as he testified. He said the agency had directed all of its field offices to actively look for domestic terrorist threats when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade leaked in early May. “I don’t care who you’re upset with or what you’re upset about, on abortion or anything else,” Wray remarked. “You don’t get to use violence or threats of violence to act on it, and we’re gonna go after that conduct aggressively.” Lee said pro-abortion activists have “violently targeted over 82 churches, and...
    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren confronted Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall over what she called “truly despicable” anti-abortion “Crisis Pregnancy Centers.” On Thursday, Sen. Warren gave a floor speech in support of the so-called “Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act” or the “SAD Act.” in which she blasted Crisis Pregnancy Centers at length — as she has done consistently. Following that speech, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey engaged Marshall on the question of whether CPCs should be permitted to “promote fraud,” which led to a throwdown in which Warren and Menendez tag-teamed Marshall: Senator Menendez: While my colleague is still here, I would like to propose the question to my colleague through the chair. Does the first amendment allow you to promote fraud? Does the first amendment allow you to promote deception? Is it great work to lie to someone about what you are providing them? Is it great work to allow someone to get your vital health information, believing that you are a health provider and then being able to use that private information? Senator Marshall: To answer my colleague, the...
    Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is proposing a new law to strengthen reproductive rights and to position the city as a haven for those seeking abortion services. Feuer said the draft legislation would prohibit any pregnancy center from misrepresenting the services it performs. It would also provide women and others legal recourse if they are misled. “When it comes to reproductive choice, time matters,” Feuer said at a news conference Thursday. “When it comes to reproductive choices, truth matters.” States around the country are restricting or prohibiting abortion access, making California and Los Angeles County a critical destination for some in the post-Roe vs. Wade era, Feuer said. According to a June UCLA study, up to 16,000 more people are expected to travel to California each year for abortion care, with more than half likely to end up in Los Angeles County. To aid those seeking help, the draft legislation would ban clinics from making false advertising statements or misleading potential clients about the services they provide. While it applies to any business offering pregnancy-related care,...
    Ron Johnson is among the Republican senators co-sponsoring Sen. Mike Lee's resolution to declare the week of the November election 'National Pregnancy Center Week.' All 50 states will hold midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022. If Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and other congressional Republicans get their way, the week of the election will be officially designated in honor of anti-abortion pregnancy centers that misrepresent their purpose, claiming that they provide a range of services for pregnant people, lying about the supposed dangers of abortion, and manipulating patients to reject the procedure. On July 29, Johnson announced that he and 18 other Senate Republicans had signed on as original co-sponsors of a resolution sponsored by Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee "[d]esignating the week beginning November 7, 2022, as 'National Pregnancy Center Week' to recognize the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions." Though they present themselves as health clinics, so-called crisis pregnancy centers are not medically regulated. They engage in actions aimed at misleading patients about...
    Attorney General Jason Miyares and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron sent a letter to Google warning the search engine not to remove crisis pregnancy centers from search results for abortion services. “Google has two options – protect the freedom of the marketplace of ideas or face legal consequences. American consumers expect diversity of opinion and thought,” Miyares said in a Thursday press release. The letter, signed by 15 other attorneys general, is a reaction to a June letter led by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08). That letter was signed by a number of other legislators and noted that Google Maps results and Google search results for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” in states with anti-abortion trigger laws resulted in ads and links for crisis pregnancy centers. The Democratic legislators wrote, “Google should not be displaying anti-abortion fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers in search results for users that are searching for an ‘abortion clinic’ or ‘abortion pill.’ If Google must continue showing these misleading results in search results and Google Maps, the results should,...
    Diane Derzis is no stranger to fringe anti-abortion activists attacking her work. But even by her standards, it’s been a hell of a year. As the owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the clinic at the center of the Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade last month, Derzis had a front-row seat to the dismantling of the constitutional protection for the right to abortion. With her Mississippi clinic forced to close in a state where abortion is now effectively impossible to access, like many providers, Derzis pivoted to a new project: providing safe abortions elsewhere. Early on, at least, laying the groundwork for her next facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico—a town bordering several anti-abortion states—was a dream, with the “welcoming” community bringing “tears to [her] eyes.” Then she found out about her new neighbors: anti-abortion activists determined to operate what critics describe as a “crisis pregnancy center,” part of a long tradition of pointing women toward everything except a terminated pregnancy. “These people intend to follow us to the ends of the earth,” Derzis told The Daily...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A month after some members of Congress urged Google to limit the appearance of anti-abortion pregnancy clinics in certain abortion-related search results, 17 Republican attorneys general are warning the company that doing so could invite investigations and possible legal action. “Suppressing pro-life and pro-mother voices at the urging of government officials would violate the most fundamental tenet of the American marketplace of ideas,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter Thursday to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company. The effort was led by Republican Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and the letter was shared with The Associated Press ahead of its public release. The Republicans took issue with a June 17 letter to the company from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, which was co-signed by 19 other members of Congress. That letter cites research by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate, which found that Google searches for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” turned up results for clinics that...
    A U.S. senator from Tennessee Friday reacted to a call from a colleague to shut down all pregnancy centers in the United States. ““The difference between pregnancy resource centers and abortion clinics could not be more clear. Pregnancy resource centers support families by saving the lives of mothers and babies, while abortion clinics profit off of terminating unborn lives,” Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told The Tennessee Star Friday. “The Democrats’ false rhetoric that pro-life centers cause harm to women is not only incredibly ironic, but it is exactly why so many of them are being attacked by the unhinged mob. This is how the left responds when they don’t get their way — with violence and destruction.” The tiff began after Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said earlier in the week that pregnancy centers are designed to “fool people” and that they must be shut down nationwide. “Elizabeth Warren believes each and every pregnancy resource center across the country should be shut down,” Blackburn said on Twitter in response to the comments made by Warren. “What does the left have against...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed funding tied to college pregnancy centers. The veto was toward part of Michigan’s education budget and totaled about $6 million in funding. READ MORE: Michigan State Police, DPD Report 130 Stops, 6 Arrests In Motor City Wolfpack InitiativeThe funding was originally for anti-abortion pregnancy services at higher education centers and research grants that prohibit funding for stem cell research on aborted fetal tissue. READ MORE: YMCA Hiring Amid Lifeguard ShortageIn a letter to the state Senate, Whitmer said items “harm women’s health care” and would create a “gag rule preventing reproductive health-service providers from even mentioning abortion and otherwise make it harder for women to get the healthcare they need.” © 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. MORE NEWS: Man Charged In Fatal Shooting At Detroit Liquor Store 
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a measure Thursday designed to protect churches and pregnancy centers from “radical pro-abortion activists” in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act would essentially strengthen the penalties for attacks on places of worship, as well as pro-life pregnancy centers. According to a summary of the measure from Hawley’s office, the bill would increase criminal penalties “from a misdemeanor to a felony for first-time offenses, and increasing the criminal fine from $10,000 to $25,000” while also increasing the mandatory minimum for arson from five years to seven. The measure would also ensure that “pregnancy resource centers and religious facilities that successfully sue will receive no less than $20,000,” up from $10,000, according to his office. “The Biden Administration has turned a blind eye while radical leftists attack pregnancy care centers and houses of worship,” Hawley said in a statement, adding that leftist politicians are “trying to shut them down.” “It’s time to put an end to the attacks and get tough on thugs who engage in violence, arson,...
    Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling for crisis pregnancy centers to be shut down in her state and around the country, claiming they “torture” those seeking abortions by disguising themselves as abortion clinics. “In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber true abortion clinics by three to one,” she told NBC Boston 10 in a clip spread around social media and flagged by numerous conservative commentators this week. The senator, one of many who has criticized the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, called for crisis pregnancy centers to be shut down everywhere. “We need to shut them down here in Massachusetts and we need to shut them down all around the country. You should not be able to torture a pregnant person like that,” she said. “We need to shut them down.” Sen. Warren on Pregnancy Resource Centers. Leftist logic: Because PRCs don’t kill unborn babies, they should no longer provide community medical care, parenting classes, help w/ financial programs, serve...
    Pro-abortion fanatic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has called to shut down crisis pregnancy centers “all around the country” for their work in helping women seek alternatives to abortion. Speaking with reporters, a visibly upset Warren falsely accused crisis pregnancy centers of fooling women out of getting an abortion: In Massachusetts, right now, those ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber true abortion clinics by 3-t0-1. We need to shut them down here in Massachusetts and we need to shut them down all around the country. Warren: “Crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber abortion clinics by 3-1. We need to shut them down all around the country.” pic.twitter.com/Sm6XjnGUX7 — Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 12, 2022 Elizabeth Warren’s condemnation of crisis pregnancy centers comes after multiple clinics around the country have been subject to vandalism and intimidation by radical pro-abortion groups like Jane’s Revenge. Just this week, a  director of a crisis pregnancy center in California told the Senate Judiciary Committee that...
    Reps. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) sent a letter to the University of Georgia demanding that the institution ensure it is not providing resources for a “hit list” website of pregnancy centers across the country, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Hice and Clyde urged Jere Morehead, the president of the University of Georgia, to ensure that university resources would not support the “Crisis Pregnancy Center Map,” a website created by two faculty members at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. The map project allows users to identify the closest clinics; however, it provides the exact addresses of pro-life clinics around the country. While the map project aims to provide information about the locations of crisis pregnancy centers across the country, it refers to those clinics as “fake women’s health centers.” Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP) The Georgia conservatives noted that the project lists the two professors’ University of Georgia email addresses. Left-wing extremists have used...
    A group of young political activists from TikTok have decided to bombard crisis pregnancy centers with one-star reviews. Gen-Z for Change, a group of young activists, influencers, and political advocates, decided to create software that allows users to spam the Yelp profiles of crisis pregnancy centers with negative reviews stating that these organizations do not offer abortions. The tool is part of a more extensive pro-abortion campaign known as the S.A.F.E.R. Initiative. "Crisis pregnancy centers pose as abortion clinics online but do not actually provide abortions or abortion referrals," the S.A.F.E.R. webpage states. "If they refuse to be transparent on their website, we will be transparent in their reviews." Abortion rights advocates have regularly argued that crisis pregnancy centers, which often consult future mothers on options besides having an abortion, are deceptive and unethical. LOUISIANA HIGH COURT ALLOWS ABORTIONS TO REMAIN LEGAL The S.A.F.E.R. initiative also includes efforts to "assist those who need an abortion," "fund local abortion services," "educate people about their abortion laws and access," and "register to vote." Gen-Z for Change...
    The alleged disinformation is related to how many CPCs encourage women not to abort their unborn children. "This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue rules to prohibit deceptive or misleading advertising related to the provision of abortion services," Warren explained in a press release. "The bill also authorizes the FTC to enforce these rules and collect penalties from organizations in violation." In promoting the bill, Warren suggested there needs to be a "crackdown" on CPCs.What is the hypocrisy?Editors of National Review published an essay on Thursday highlighting the hypocritical nature of Warren's stance.Abortion supporters often claim that they’re “pro-choice,” not “pro-abortion,” a claim that regularly collides with their actual policies. When government policy is bent relentlessly to favor abortion, supporting a woman’s “right to choose” abortion isn’t distinct in any meaningful way from supporting abortion itself.But abortion supporters reveal how shallow their “pro-choice” ideology is when they oppose helping pregnant mothers make, or even learn about, any choice other than abortion. Opposition to CPCs from pro-abortion advocates makes sense: They actually work. According to the Charlotte...
    So-called “crisis pregnancy centers”—organizations that try to lure people in by implying they provide medical care, only to pressure and harass and even lie in an attempt to prevent people from obtaining abortions at real clinics—are constantly innovating in their quest to be as wretchedly scummy as possible. Their new tactics include using social media to reach teenagers and then using all of the gaps in social media privacy policies to collect data. Still worse, crisis pregnancy centers are hoarding data on the people who get sucked in to contacting them by other means or visiting them in person, Bloomberg reports. As state after state bans abortion, the data crisis pregnancy centers collect could be used against people who find other ways to terminate pregnancies. You may have read warnings to delete period tracking apps because the information in them could be used against you. Take those warnings and apply them to pregnancy test results in the hands of organizations dedicated to keeping people away from legitimate medical care by any means at their disposal. Contribute now to support abortion funds providing financial...
    by Elizabeth Eastman   There is great irony in the violence directed against pregnancy centers since the leak and then official release of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Reports of vandalism and destruction include graffiti such as “if abortions aren’t safe neither are you” and firebombing. Pregnancy centers across America offer many services to women and men, their unborn children, and children post-birth—including pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing, ultrasounds, counseling, diapers, clothing, medical referrals for healthcare or community resources, and parenting classes. These services are provided free and funded by donations. If the people protesting the reversal of Roe v. Wade are claiming women’s health is endangered by limiting or ending access to abortion, then why target pregnancy centers? The pregnancy center in my local community states on its website: “Our Center does not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients. We are committed to offering accurate, up-to-date information about abortion procedures and risks.” In the interest of women’s health and well-being, should a woman not be fully informed about the risks related to terminating her pregnancy? Are the protesters...
    by Jeanneane Maxon   Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, we in the pro-life movement have a massive responsibility on our hands. It’s time for us to deliver—again. No group is better equipped to support women facing unintended pregnancies than pro-life Americans who’ve labored for more than 50 years to create a life-affirming safety net for all pregnant women across our nation. This safety net is vastly different from the “net” that pro-abortion groups have been weaving. Theirs is a tangled web of deceit and lies that leads only to death. Incredibly, in the weeks leading up to last Friday’s Supreme Court decision, Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, adopted a new approach by hiring “patient navigators” to assist women in obtaining abortions. They described their strategy as “a big spider web that’s being built throughout the country.” Whether Planned Parenthood intended it or not, this creepy description is revealing of the nature of the deceptive abortion industry—a vicious, unforgiving organism that, just like a spider, captures its prey in its web and devours them....
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — “Woman’s Choice,” the sign proclaims in bold pink letters. But despite promising abortion information and free pregnancy testing, the facility in Charleston, West Virginia, is designed to steer women facing an unwanted pregnancy away from choosing an abortion. That will become much easier now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states like West Virginia can make abortion illegal. It’s one of hundreds of so-called crisis pregnancy centers nationwide whose aim is to discourage women from seeking abortions. The facilities, which have been accused repeatedly of deceiving women about their true purpose, are expected to wield even more influence in states where the dwindling number of clinics are now canceling abortion appointments. Often religiously affiliated, the anti-abortion centers are not licensed medical facilities and do not provide medical services such as pre- or post-natal care or other health care for uninsured women, unlike clinics that offer abortions — which are subject to strict government regulations and patient privacy laws. They do sometimes have nurses on staff or as volunteers. “Basically, these centers are looking around...
    By Margi Murphy | Bloomberg When Lisa suspected she was pregnant, she did what other teenagers might: She Googled her options to terminate. One of the first links that popped up in the search engine was a clinic in Volusia, Florida, where the 19-year-old lived. The offer of a free pregnancy test tempted Lisa into booking an appointment and she drove there with her boyfriend, parking across the street. It was a small town, and she did not want to be recognized. The consultation room was filled with posters depicting fetuses with speech bubbles, as if they were asking to be born. Lisa sobbed as one of the women running the clinic confirmed she was pregnant; they had refused to let her take a test home. Lisa needed to return for an ultrasound in four weeks to be certain, and then they could discuss options. But until then, they told her, she absolutely should not go to an abortion clinic. “Maybe you’ll miscarry and then you won’t have any problems,” the woman suggested. As Lisa started to realize it wasn’t...
    House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is calling on President Biden to direct the “Justice Department to deter and prevent violence against Supreme Court Justices, churches, and pro-life pregnancy centers,” on the heels of the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. A pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge previously announced plans to carry out a “Night of Rage” that would follow the decision.  McCarthy issued his calls to the president via Twitter shortly after the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Dobbs case, overturning the longstanding 1973 Roe V. Wade decision. He implored Biden to act immediately before “it’s too late.” President Biden has a Constitutional duty to keep Americans safe—he must direct the Justice Department to deter and prevent violence against Supreme Court Justices, churches, and pro-life pregnancy centers. Now. Before its too late. — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 24, 2022 On Wednesday, Lila Rose — the founder and president of the pro-life organization Live Action — said in a tweet that the Department of Homeland Security was warning pregnancy centers and catholic churches alike, “telling them to be prepared for...
    Arizona Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-08) recently took action in an attempt to protect threatened pregnancy centers in Arizona. “Radical pro-abortion activists are planning attacks on Choices Pregnancy Centers [Choices] in Arizona in the wake of the anticipated Dobbs v. Jackson decision. I am demanding that the Department of Justice take swift action to prevent these attacks,” Lesko said in her newsletter. Lesko spoke further about her actions in a press release, including a letter sent by Lesko to the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland. “I am horrified by the reports that radical pro-abortion activists are planning attacks against pregnancy centers in Arizona that provide vital support for pregnant mothers and their babies,” Lesko said. “I am demanding that the Department of Justice take the steps necessary to prevent these attacks and prosecute those who commit these violent acts to the fullest extent of the law.” The letter, co-signed by Arizona Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04), and David Schweikert (R-AZ-06), asks the Department of Justice to investigate and deter the violence planned against Choices and other pregnancy centers...
    Many Republican-led states have been creating legislation to expand benefits for pregnant women and new mothers — in addition to efforts to protect the unborn from abortion — since the leak in May of a draft of the Supreme Court decision that would impact Roe v. Wade. This pushes back on the left’s narrative that pro-life advocates only care about the unborn child and not the woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.  That narrative also ignores the work of pregnancy resource centers — which provide financial and practical support, including job training and medical care — that have come under attack from violent pro-abortion protestors across the country. Violence against pregnancy centers, including the firebombing of pro-life groups, has seen a sharp rise since the draft Supreme Court decision on abortion was leaked in May. The Guardian reported on these efforts to support women in crisis: Some of those same lawmakers are now passing bills that extend Medicaid benefits to low-income mothers, typically for one year after they give birth rather than the current two months. Arizona, Florida, Tennessee and Texas have...
    by Grazie Pozo Christie   What would it be like to go to work in the morning and find a death threat spray-painted across the façade of your office? What would it be like knowing that a facility just like yours was recently fire-bombed near Buffalo, New York? Would you keep showing up? Would you continue to put yourself in danger? Maybe you could, if you knew you were saving fragile lives and helping vulnerable women and girls each day. Maybe you could, if you were very brave. These are the hard questions facing the volunteers and staff at a pregnancy care center in South Florida where I volunteer. It was recently vandalized with spray-painted threats. Like other pregnancy care centers, our facility assists under-resourced pregnant women and families. Our clients are already struggling to make ends meet. Unlike the nearby Planned Parenthood, our center offers real choice. While Planned Parenthood offers exactly one solution for parents in this situation – abortion, and cash up front, please! – our center offers material necessities, parental education, assistance in accessing obstetric...
    More than 100 House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking that the Department of Justice to investigate the vandalism and violence directed at pro-life pregnancy centers across the United States as domestic terrorism. Pregnancy centers across the country have come under attack since the leak of a draft opinion by the United States Supreme Court that would undo Roe v. Wade and return abortion law to the states. The letter, led by Reps. Scott Franklin (R-FL), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Mike Johnson (R-LA), said, in part: The department has a clear duty to pursue these recent attacks as instances of domestic terrorism, and it is the responsibility of the National Security Division to protect the United States from threats to our national security by seeking justice through law. As you know, the Department of Homeland Security is anticipating further violence and unrest in the coming months upon the final release of the Dobbs opinion, stating that these threats are “likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s...
    Democratic lawmakers are imploring Google to rejig its search results for abortion clinics to siphon out "misleading" links steering people toward anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. Leaning on a recent study that found 11% of Google results for "abortion clinic near me" or "abortion pill" directed users toward crisis pregnancy centers, the legislators also pressed the Big Tech company for answers about what steps it was taking to address the situation. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE HIT WITH FIRST YOUTUBE TAKEDOWN FOR CLIP OF TRUMP DISCUSSING ELECTION "In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, we find these reports especially concerning and would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter," the lawmakers, led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), declared in a letter to Google. "Google should not be displaying anti-abortion fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers in search results for users that are searching for an 'abortion clinic' or 'abortion pill,'" they continued. The research was conducted by the Center for Countering Digital Hate in...
    Abortion rights activists have accused pro-life pregnancy centers of providing women with misinformation about abortions in an attempt to dissuade them from taking the lives of their unborn children. Pro-life groups deny this charge. The CCDH study said that 11% of search results for "abortion clinic near me" and "abortion pill" in 13 Republican-led states that have passed laws that would ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade directed women to pro-life pregnancy centers instead of abortion clinics. This included 37% of Google Maps results. "When people search for information or services relating to their sexual and reproductive health, Google is sending them to sites that users might expect contains robust, scientific, evidence-driven healthcare information – but they actually contain ideologically-driven opinion and misinformation," said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. “We have a right to expect that safety by design is a key consideration for any tech platform. If Google refuses to guarantee users’ right to good information, it will be up to lawmakers to step in to ensure...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declined to condemn a spate of recent attacks on churches and pregnancy centers by radical pro-choice groups. An abortion activist group declared it “open season” on pro-lifers, and as the pending Supreme Court decision looms, protests have taken place at the homes of conservative justices. There was a plot to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Amid all of that heated rhetoric, Pelosi nevertheless opted to sidestep the issue of the attacks on pro-life institutions entirely rather than condemn them. “As far as the abortion case is concerned there have been a number of attacks on churches, on crisis pregnancy centers,” asked a reporter during a press conference on Thursday. “Republicans are going after Democrats for not saying anything and they’re saying that your rhetoric is contributing to these attacks on these crisis pregnancy center[s].” Instead of answering that question, she repeated her political talking points, and then decried politicization. Well let me just say this: a woman has a right to choose, to live up to her responsibility, it’s up to her doctor, her family, her...
    Jane’s Revenge, the group responsible for firebombing dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers throughout the country, has now threatened acts of domestic terrorism. In an open letter issued to pro-life centers across the country, Jane’s Revenge took ownership for acts of violence and vandalism at pregnancy centers throughout the country and promised to escalate their tactics if pro-lifers continue operations as usual. The group declared: Your 30 days expired yesterday. We offered an honorable way out. You could’ve walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue. We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack. We are versatile, we are mercurial, and we answer to no one but ourselves. Promising to take “increasingly drastic measures” without giving any details, the group said it will attack these centers both overtly and covertly until insurance companies and financial backers “realize you are a bad investment.” The manifesto continued: From here forward, any anti-choice group who closes their doors, and stops operating will...
    He went on to call out political leaders, namely, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) for refusing to denounce violence against pro-life pregnancy centers. "They're refusing to say, 'Hey this is wrong. Violence is wrong everywhere, all the time.' This is not how you solve problems and their silence can only be interpreted as complicity," Harden asserted. "It's emboldening these terrorists." Photos posted online showed the damage at the CompassCare office, with broken windows, fire and smoke damage, and graffiti that reads, "Jane was here," which Harden explained is a reference to the "terrorist organization Jane’s Revenge." Glenn credited Harden with coming up with "the first measurable and repeatable medical model in the pregnancy center movement, which has helped hundreds of centers nationwide become more effective at reaching more women and saving more babies from abortion." "There's a reason that ... the Buffalo office was the one that was hit [by activists]," Glenn noted. "We have a national strategy and our strategy is working, and that's why we've been attacked," Harden said "We...
    A WARNING about a rise in abortion-related violence was issued just weeks before a man allegedly tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh over termination rights. Nicholas John Roske, 26, was arrested on Wednesday near Kavanaugh's Maryland residence after allegedly telling police he wanted to kill the conservative justice over his positions on abortion and gun rights. 3A 26-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly planned to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3CompassCare employees survey the damage of an early morning firebombing at their anti-abortion center in Buffalo, New YorkCredit: AP 3The pro-life Christian pregnancy center in Buffalo was allegedly lit on fire by vandalsCredit: AP The Supreme Court Police have reported a "significant increase in violent threats" since a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled the court is preparing to overturn the abortion rights guaranteed by Roe V Wade. Since the leak, there has also been an uptick in threats against "reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities," according to The Department of Homeland Security. The May 13 Department of Homeland Security memo warned of...
    Kevin Nicholson told supporters, 'How about we take every last cent that finds its way in the state of Wisconsin to Planned Parenthood, and we immediately reroute that money to pregnancy crisis centers.' At a "Pints and Politics" event hosted by the Republican Party in Dane County, Wisconsin, Republican candidate for governor Kevin Nicholson doubled down on his anti-abortion stance. Audio files obtained by the American Independent Foundation reveal that Nicholson told the crowd at the GOP event that the leak on May 2 of a Supreme Court draft decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jacksonville Women's Health Organization, which could result in the overturning of the ruling in Roe v. Wade that affirmed a federal right to abortion, was the work of someone trying to "sabotage the decision."  "What we're seeing here," he said, "is that Roe v. Wade may be overturned. And I pray that it will be." Nicholson told his audience that at the organization No Better Friend Corp., which he founded in 2018, he had worked with crisis pregnancy centers across the state to "protect...
    Wisconsin Republican Kevin Nicholson founded and ran a conservative nonprofit advocacy group with an anti-abortion agenda. Kevin Nicholson, a Republican candidate running for governor of Wisconsin, in 2019 founded and ran No Better Friend Corp., a tax-exempt conservative advocacy group whose focus includes opposition to abortion. The group's efforts include pushing pregnant people to avoid abortion by referring them to so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," which he called "a super tactical way" of achieving that end. Nicholson, who is running in the Republican primary for a chance to unseat Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in this fall's midterm elections, has said he favors banning abortion with no exceptions, not even in cases where the mother's life may be at risk. This week, the anti-abortion group Pro-Life Wisconsin's Victory Fund PAC endorsed Nicholson over his Republican primary opponent, former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. "I'm honored to have the endorsement of @ProLifeWI as we move forward in this gubernatorial campaign," Nicholson tweeted on Tuesday. "As governor, I'll end state funding of Planned Parenthood and initiate state funding of existing Pregnancy Resource Centers throughout...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Anti-abortion centers across the country are receiving tens of millions of tax dollars to talk women out of ending their pregnancies, a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago that resulted from an often-overlooked effort by mostly Republican-led states. The nonprofits known as crisis pregnancy centers are typically religiously affiliated and counsel clients against having an abortion as part of their free but limited services. That practice and the fact that they generally are not licensed as medical facilities have raised questions about whether it’s appropriate to funnel so much tax money their way. An Associated Press tally based on state budget figures reveals that nearly $89 million has been allocated to such centers across about a dozen states this fiscal year. A decade ago, the annual funding for the programs hovered around $17 million in about eight states. Estimates of how many abortions have been prevented by such programs are unknown because many states only require reports of how many clients were served. Similarly, as abortion rates have declined across the U.S. for years, there is...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty; Unsplash Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This article was originally published by Public Health Watch, a nonprofit investigative news outlet.  After finding out she was pregnant last fall, B.Z. made an appointment at a Texas crisis pregnancy center, believing she could obtain a medical consultation. Time was of the essence. A state law that took effect Sept. 1 barred abortions past any detection of embryonic cardiac activity, which is typically as early as six weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest. The pregnancy center’s staff told B.Z. she needed a sonogram but said it couldn’t be performed for one week. They failed to disclose that the delay might make her ineligible for an abortion under Senate Bill 8. While state law requires abortion-seeking patients to obtain an ultrasound 24 hours prior to the procedure—one of myriad barriers to care in Texas—the non-diagnostic sonograms performed at centers such as the one B.Z. visited do not qualify. The state mandates that the ultrasounds...
                        An abortion resolution is on the October 28th Tallahassee City Commission agenda after being pulled from the agenda of a previous meeting. The resolution supports abortion rights and is critical of abortion restrictions and pregnancy centers. The text of the resolution is provided below. Origin of Abortion Resolution At the September 8, city commission meeting, the city commission directed the city attorney to prepare a resolution supporting legislative efforts to protect citizens’ right to reproductive healthcare including abortion. Specifically, the minutes from the meeting indicate commissioners wanted “to take a formal stance on attempts to erode or outlaw Roe v. Wade via a Texas-style anti-abortion law.” The Texas law bans abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detectable, which usually occurs around six weeks. The action by the city commission is significant because, like other local governments, the Tallahassee City Commission is composed of non-partisan officials and has no statutory role related to abortion laws. City Commissioner Curtis Richardson, who proposed the resolution at the September meeting, said...
    American leaders for life and faith are condemning the confirmation of Xavier Becerra to serve as President Joe Biden’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and warning of the potential consequences of his rise to head the $1.3 trillion department. “Xavier Becerra’s confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services poses a clear and present danger for Catholics and all people of faith,” reacted Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, a national faith-based advocacy organization. “Given his record of aggressive hostility to free speech, health care freedom, and the traditional values of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life, Americans must be prepared for what is coming,” he added. The Senate confirmed the former California attorney general to lead HHS on Thursday, 50–49. All Republicans, except Sen. Susan Collins (ME), voted against Becerra’s confirmation. The abortion industry celebrated Becerra’s confirmation. While he has had no experience in the field of health care, Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson referred to Becerra as a “health care champion.” However, the abortion industry claims terminating pregnancies is health care: Couldn’t be...
    Connecticut Democrats are intent on attempting to regulate faith-based pregnancy centers with another bill that essentially accuses the pro-life centers of trying to deceive women about the services they provide. The legislature’s public health committee is holding a public hearing Wednesday on SB 835, An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers, a measure that pro-life leaders in the state defeated for the last three years. According to a report at the Hartford Courant, state Sen. Heather Somers (R) a ranking member on the public health committee, said the legislation “is a bill that is providing a solution for a problem that we just don’t have.” “I think we need to consider that with all of the other things that we are going to be doing in this session that are very lengthy and are going to take a lot of time,” she said. “No one wants to see women be deceived, but it’s just not happening in the state of Connecticut.” “These centers have helped over 35,000 women in the state of Connecticut, and they take...
    Pro-life groups and lawmakers denounced President-elect Joe Biden’s choice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Far from ‘uniting’ the country, Biden has proven yet again he is an extremist on abortion,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement following Biden’s Monday announcement. “Becerra is aggressively pro-abortion and a foe of free speech.” (RELATED: Biden Nominates California AG Xavier Becerra For Health And Human Services Secretary) With his choice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for HHS Secretary, Joe Biden has proven yet again he is an extremist on [email protected] (1/3)https://t.co/oUK2LkoRMJ — Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) December 7, 2020 Dannenfelser accused Becerra of persecuting “citizen journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s role in baby parts trafficking” such as pro-life activist David Daleiden. “Not only that, he went all the way to the Supreme Court to try to force California’s pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise and refer for abortion — a policy the Court rejected as unconstitutional,” Dannenfelser said. “In Congress, he even voted in favor...
    A number of Catholics and conservative activists are sounding the alarm Monday over Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra, pointing to his record of attacking conservative policies as California's attorney general.  "President-elect Joe Biden’s choice of Xavier Becerra to run HHS is a gross insult to Catholics," said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with the Catholic Association.  "Becerra spent years tormenting the Little Sisters of the Poor in court, trying to force them to pay for things like abortion pills against their consciences," McGuire said. "He also led efforts to force pro-life pregnancy resource centers to advertise for abortion. Thankfully both of his efforts failed at the Supreme Court. But Becerra is outright hostile to religious liberty and Biden’s choice of someone so openly anti-Catholic is an affront to the faith that he so frequently invoked as part of his campaign." Becerra was one of the many attorneys general who peppered the Trump administration with lawsuits. BIDEN HHS PICK SUED THE TRUMP ADMIN MORE THAN 100 TIMES AS CALIFORNIA AG: HERE ARE SOME OF HIS CASES More specifically, he sued over President...
    Two years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in favor of the free-speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra. Yet many watching Wednesday’s vice presidential debate may not realize that NIFLA v. Becerra was originally NIFLA v. Kamala Harris. Harris is a hard-liner on abortion rights. That’s par for the course for today’s Democratic Party, of course, but she takes things a step further by seeking to silence pro-lifers in America’s democratic public square, putting her squarely on the wrong side of the high court’s First Amendment jurisprudence. As California’s attorney general, she championed Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive FACT Act, which would have forced life-affirming pregnancy centers to provide information about obtaining abortions, over against their conscience rights. In a 2015 statement, Harris described herself a “co-sponsor” of the legislation. This is unusual for a state law-enforcement official, since, typically, only legislators sponsor bills. In the event, Harris lobbied for and supported the legislation, and she later praised then-Gov. Jerry Brown for signing it into law. More than 150 pregnancy centers in California were...
    This is not true. The Guttmacher Institute, which tracks state laws on abortion, says that 43 states prohibit abortions at some point in pregnancy.  Later abortions are performed by a relatively small amount of providers and aren't available in all states. In addition, any person who needs an abortion after 20 weeks might need to pay nearly quadruple that of one done earlier, and that doesn't include travel costs or child care if it's needed.  Beth Vial, who wrote about her later abortion for Teen Vogue, detailed the numerous lies a crisis pregnancy center told her. There were no nurses on staff at the center. She was sent to a different location to get an ultrasound, she was lied to about how far along she was in her pregnancy, she was told abortions were dangerous, and she was hassled at home by the crisis pregnancy center workers, who she said called her "day and night." She didn't learn she was actually 26 weeks pregnant until she went to a nearby hospital.  With these sorts of lies, the centers help push...
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