When Anti-Choice Groups Lobby Capitol Hill to Deceive Women
So what are anti-choice groups up to this week?
Well, they're heading to Washington, D.C. Heartbeat International, an organization that supports "crisis pregnancy centers," is having a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
What are "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs)? They are anti-choice operations that often pose as comprehensive health-care centers. In reality, many exist to lure women seeking pregnancy-related information into their centers to deceive and confuse them out of exercising their right to choose.
How do they do it? CPCs often mislead women by advertising "abortion services" and "family-planning information." But when a woman goes to a CPC, the only "information" and "services" she gets will be anti-choice ideology intended to block her from choosing abortion care.
If you've never heard of a CPC, this might be impossible to believe. For an alarming example of their deceptive tactics, listen to this audio clip of anti-choice activist Abby Johnson instructing CPC workers how to mislead women.
Even though you won't be able to lobby in person this week, there's a great way you can stand up to CPCs' lies and manipulation. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced legislation to hold CPCs accountable for their deceptive and misleading advertising.