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Bridget Johnson


May 17, 2013 - 2:20 pm

A group of congressional Democrats are renewing an effort to target crisis pregnancy centers they claim lure women in by deceptively making women think they can get an abortion there.

The vague Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act has been introduced in past Congresses with no success. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal(D-Conn.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) decided to reintroduce for the 113th Congress timed to mark National Women’s Health Week.

“While I will defend crisis centers’ First Amendment rights even though I disagree with their view of abortion, those that practice bait-and-switch should be held accountable so that pregnant women are not deceived at an extremely vulnerable time in their lives,” Maloney said.

In years past, the bill gave the Federal Trade Commission enforcement powers to stop “any person from advertising with the intent to deceptively create the impression that such person is a provider of abortion services if such person does not provide abortion services.” It would be a violation of section 5(a)(1) of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Beyond that, it gives wide discretion to which operations the government could decide to close.

“Deceptive practices that prey on women at pregnancy centers are particularly repugnant and reprehensible – and should be strictly punished and stopped,” Blumenthal said. “This bill would end misleading and false pitches that exploit women seeking vital health care.”

The bill is backed by NARAL and the National Abortion Federation. “We know these crisis pregnancy centers lie to women in the moment they most need accurate information to decide the future of their pregnancy and their lives. It’s despicable that anyone would take advantage of that decision to drive their own political agenda,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “We’re thrilled that Sen. Menendez is taking action to hold these fake ‘clinics’ accountable.”

Planned Parenthood also regularly lashes out at centers they call “fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion” that “have a history of giving women wrong, biased information to scare them into not having abortions.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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What a joke. Planned Parenthood prevents parenthood. Planned Parenthood doesn't plan, it has a one size fits all recommendation - abort. There is no choice involved when there is no alternative. Talk about mis-branding what the organization does!
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The fastest way to make everyone forget the mass murderer Gosnell, is to attack those who who ask women to think before they abort. Just even considering the altenative is cause for the leftist death cult to descend upon them. Menendez must have paid off all those teenage hookers in DR, otherwise he wouldn't be popping up with this bizarre acusation.
As a former NJ resident, I am embarrassed that these loons claim they represent the people of that state. Revolting.
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