Over the past year, the abortion industry and their allies have tried very hard to take on the prolife movement. Illinois legislators just sent an effort to the Governor's office that would remove rights of conscience for physicians who do not wish to provide or refer for abortions, similar to a California law that is tied up in court but still moving forward in some jurisdictions.
They have worked to end pregnancy center advertisements on Google, and gotten Apple to stop sending women to pregnancy help centers, too.
NARAL also has an annual "expose" of pregnancy help centers, an effort in which they accuse pro-life organizations of deceiving women to trick them out of abortions.
Perhaps that is why it surprised me when I was trying to access the GCRTL Facebook page today. I was a bit surprised at the search hits when I typed in "Greater" - the options were "Greater Columbus Right to Life" and "Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio."
You will notice a few things. The first is that we have just a few hundred fewer "likes" on facebook. You can help us solve that by going there and liking our page right now! The second is that whereas we are listed as an "education" organization (GCRTL is considered an educational foundation by the IRS), PP lists themselves as, "Pregnancy and Childbirth Services."
Now, before you think that this is just something randomly generated by Facebook, let me show you that this is actually something that the organization is in charge of.
Now, according to their 2015 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio had 58,513 patients last year. Of that, 238 of them participated in the "Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies" program - a program that provides support and education for women who are pregnant and through the first two years of her child's life. They do not list prenatal medical care or any obstetrics programs in their annual report. In fact, if you go onto their website, you will see pregnancy testing, adoption referral, and abortions offered. For a minute, I thought that they had added "midwife" services, but I realized it was a trick of my eyes - it just says "midlife."
I'm not super great at math, but 238 patients out of 58,000 is less than one half of a percent. It most certainly does not explain why they would promote themselves on social media as providing pregnancy and childbirth services. Moreover, it is especially surprising that an organization which supposedly serves 3/4 of our state is arguing that state diversion of $1.3 million is going to devastate efforts to serve women at risk of infant mortality through the Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies program. Earlier this week, they sued in federal court to keep those funds, and the federal judge granted them a temporary order.
Just like they lie about providing mammograms, they lie about providing comprehensive pregnancy and birth care to women, and they lie on their social media advertising. Perhaps to those willing to champion the intentional destruction of innocent life a few lies is no big deal. What do you think?