In a phone interview with the Straight, Joyce Arthur of the Pro-Choice Action Network said these organizations sometimes present themselves as secular agencies to lure pregnant women, but often have a secret religious agenda to discourage anyone from seeking an abortion or using birth control. Others, she said, will disclose their religious affiliation in fine print, but not in an “up-front” manner.
She also alleged that some crisis pregnancy centres falsely claim that there are links between abortion and breast cancer.
“They’re handing out medical misinformation to women, scaring them and so forth,” Arthur said. “Can they be regulated in some way?”
The Ministry of Health did not make a spokesperson available to respond by the Straight’s deadline. […]
B.C. NDP health critic Judy Darcy told the Straight by phone that she is “very disturbed” about the lack of counselling for pregnant women that offers real choices—”both to consider options, including abortion as a choice, but also counselling post-abortion in a way that is unbiased and that use medically sound information”.
Faye adds: A comment from a friend: “Interesting tactic. Once you know you’re losing ground and politicians have an irrational fear of even discussing the issue, ask the government to regulate your opponents.”
Andrea adds: To be fair, a winning strategy down south has been government regulation of clinics, which brings their standards up to those of other outpatient clinics. Clinics operating in subpar conditions are thus forced to close. (Hurray.) We are winning this, but we (broadly speaking, North American pro-lifers) are also asking government to regulate. Is that not fair to say?by