Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Truth in Advertising

The Archdiosese of Baltimore is suing the city claiming religious harrassment because a new law requires Crisis Pregnancy Centers to post a sign saying that they do not provide or refer for abortions or birth control.

Why? Because abstinence is birth control. Nevermind that you can't exactly provide or refer for abstinence. Unless chastity belts have come back into vogue.

It also might scare away clients that are seeking actual medical services. Can't pull the old switcharoo when potential clients know the game beforehand.

I personally would have the sign not beat around the bush and say, "This establishment is NOT a medical clinic, but an institution for religious counseling. Information and services provided within the center may not be medically accurate. Persons seeking medical advice should seek out a liscensed practitioner of medicine."

If clinics in Oklahoma that provide abortion and birth control may have to post a sign explaining that an abortion provider can't force an abortion on you, something that no abortion provider has ever actually attempted, I think it's fair that crisis pregnancy centers should have to come clean about what they do actually do.

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