Anti-abortion proponents have for years relied on trickery when approaching frightened, desperate women who want an abortion. On the street, in advertisements, and at the very doors of abortion clinics, they offer to “help” such women and then provide only anti-abortion propaganda. They set up fake clinics and advertise themselves as women’s crisis centers, pregnancy centers, etc. Misled, women go there seeking an abortion and instead find themselves facing a barrage of anti-abortion counseling, guilt inducement, intimidation, etc.
Now a pro-life group called 40 Days for Life has devised a new approach. In Bryan/College Station, Texas, they’ve leased the building formerly occupied by one of the Planned Parenthood clinics shut down by HB2 (a state law still being contested in court). They’ve cut down the PP sign, moved their own people in, and now offer pregnant women “practical help, emotional support, and information about their pregnancy options.” Omitting, of course, the option of abortion. And hoping the building’s history will bolster their charade. Best of all, even if the courts do strike down HB2, Planned Parenthood won’t be able to reopen here.
Fake clinics and misrepresentation. It’s what you resort to when you don’t have a valid, rational argument based on scientific, medical, and legal fact.