Attack on Connecticut Pro-Life Pregnancy Resource Centers
ABC Women’s Center, Middletown
The Connecticut Catholic Conference is gravely concerned about slanderous and misleading statements made by NARAL against pregnancy resource centers in Connecticut. The attack, which started in 2015 and continues today, is part of a national campaign initiated several years ago by the national NARAL organization, with the support of other abortion advocacy groups. So far legislative attempts to adopted legislation against pregnancy care centers have failed, facing strong opposition from the centers and other supportive groups. Unfortunately, in 2018 the City of Hartford did implement an ordinance aimed at pregnancy resource centers which was supported by NARAL
The primary goals of the NARAL campaign are 1) to deter women from seeking assistance at pregnancy resource centers, which do not offer abortion services or make abortion referrals, and 2) to obtain the enactment of laws that infringe on the centers’ freedom to operate. Through the continuing pronouncement of skewed and biased information, that creates an extremely negative image of pregnancy resource centers in Connecticut, NARAL CT hopes to put pregnancy resource centers out of business or severely impact their ability to operate. This campaign shows a true lack of concern for the thousands of women and children serviced by the centers.
Connecticut’s pregnancy resource centers offer support to pregnant women which is usually not available through any other service provider. These centers provide compassionate care to women facing unplanned pregnancies, including resources to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. NARAL CT wants the public to believe that pregnancy resource centers masquerade and advertise as full service women’s health clinics, but this is not the truth. Several centers do offer ultrasound services in accordance with state requirements, but our centers seek to be much more than a medical office to the women they serve and their children. Pregnancy resource centers in Connecticut are committed to serving their clients with integrity and compassion. A client is never charged for a service.
The distorted view of pregnancy resource centers, which is promoted by NARAL, is based on extremely biased research, and aimed to silence those who hold a different viewpoint on abortion. Unfortunately, if these slanderous efforts to discredit pregnancy resource centers are successful, many women and children stand to lose a vital means of support. Passage of any legislation, based on their slanted statements and research, will only help to erode this vital option for pregnant women in our state.