LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CPCs help women keep babies

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Local Planned Parenthood and NARAL officials authored a letter to the Washington Times, “Ending CPCs’ ‘bait-and-switch’ tactics” (Aug. 2), accusing crisis-pregnancy centers (CPCs) of providing women “highly inaccurate and misleading information about abortion.”

When Planned Parenthood and NARAL say CPCs mislead women, they mean the CPCs tell women the truth about abortion risks, risks Planned Parenthood and NARAL deny. In addition to injuries and deaths (there have been two deaths from surgical abortions in Maryland already this year), there are post-abortion risks. These include well-documented increased risks for suicide, drug abuse, depression, breast cancer and premature birth in later pregnancies that can result in death or lifelong disabilities to the baby. In April 2011, the Food and Drug Administration reported 2,207 serious adverse effects from medical abortions, including 14 deaths.

Planned Parenthood and NARAL claim abortuaries are safe for women, but the Gosnell abortuary squalor and Gosnell’s abuse of women, which these groups knew about but did not report, and Planned Parenthood’s filthy abortuary in Wilmington, Del., from which four women were rushed to the hospital early this year, are just two instances disproving their contention. They fight every legislative action to safeguard women (e.g., abortuary standards in Virginia and helping women make informed decisions by showing them ultrasounds of their babies).

Live Action undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood is willing to perform abortions on women imprisoned in sex-trafficking, essentially keeping these women captives, and it’s willing to perform abortions on children undergoing statutory rape, effectively condemning them to remain in those abusive relationships. These cruel policies increase profits but inflict great pain on women and girls.

Planned Parenthood and NARAL are making the same unfounded, unsuccessful attack for the sixth time since 1987 on CPCs in Montgomery County. The reason is that CPCs help poor women keep their babies, which lowers abortuary profits. CPCs have a stellar record, having served more than 120,000 clients without a complaint when the latest attack began in 2009.

Legislatures should require Planned Parenthood to put signs in their abortuaries saying, “For accurate and unbiased information on fetal development and abortion risks, visit a crisis-pregnancy center” and require NARAL personnel to complete remedial education on fetal development and abortion risks.

CAROLYN K. NAUGHTON

Silver Spring

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