Pro-women activists expose anti-choice ‘clinic’
Published Sep 12, 2006 11:12 PM
Action Network For Reproductive Rights (DANFORR) held an informational picket on
Sept. 9 at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Detroit in order
to expose the nature of such anti-choice facilities. Protestors warned potential
clients and disclosed to area residents the true nature of the grossly-misnamed
“Pregnancy Aid” center located in their community.
Women say they need a real health clinic.
WW photo: Dave Sole
thousands of other similar outfits around the country, “Pregnancy
Aid,” the target of DANFORR’s picket, is not a real women’s
clinic with a licensed medical staff and a full range of reproductive services.
Far from it. Instead, it is really a front for anti-choice
Passersby who saw DANFORR’s protest learned from
pro-choice activists that these medically non-certified and anti-choice
operations use lies to scare pregnant women into carrying an unplanned or
unwanted pregnancy to term. Demonstrators carried signs and distributed leaflets
that disclosed the clinic’s false and misleading practices.
these “clinics” receive federal funding. The U.S. government has
funded anti-choice centers with $30 million in taxpayer money since
A July 2006 investigative report, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Henry
Waxman, found that a whopping 87 percent of the federally-funded fake clinics
gave out information that was “grossly distorted or inaccurate.”
Some of these outright lies include
stating a relationship between abortion and a highly increased risk of breast
cancer, subsequent infertility, suicidal thoughts and mental illness
(“post-abortion traumatic stress”).This misinformation has been
clinically refuted in research compiled by the National Cancer Institute, and
both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric
Association. (American Psychologist, Oct. 1992; General Psychiatry, Aug.
Additionally, the right-wing facilities offer no long-term
assistance for babies or for families at a time when family assistance programs
have been all but eliminated.
Women in the U.S., particularly oppressed
women with limited resources who are the most detrimentally impacted by problem
or unwanted pregnancies, have the right to be factually informed when making
critical reproductive decisions about their lives and the lives of their
Yet anti-choice centers are increasingly being located in
African-American and Latin@ communities, where medical resources are often
scarce or inadequate. (www.news-medical.net)
The oppressed communities of
Detroit have been particularly hard hit by unemployment, budget cutbacks and
racist attacks, making the presence of the “Pregnancy Aid” center
Many U.S. states, including Michigan, are now closer
to banning abortions altogether—a trend supported by both Democrats and
Republicans, with few exceptions. The state bans already in place also increase
the risk of a challenge to Roe vs. Wade, which, if overturned, could eliminate
abortion and several forms of birth control altogether on a national
Only a massive struggle for full reproductive health care,
including abortion, can stop the current attacks on women’s right to
choose and the funding of bogus “crisis” clinics. With poverty rates
hitting women with small children the hardest, women need accurate health care
information and access to medically-supervised services now more than
U.S. Senate candidate attacked by anti-choice thug
handful of anti-choice rightwingers who opposed the picket line challenged
pro-choice protesters in front of the phony “Pregnancy Aid” facility
on Sept. 9. A representative of St. Joan of Arc Church in suburban St. Clair
Shores had rallied them to the DANFORR protest through chain e-mails. The
website homepage for “Pregnancy Aid” had also featured a large
sidebar about DANFORR’s planned protest.
For the most part, the
anti-woman posse positioned themselves up the street, but one white male stayed
and persistently harassed the pro-choice picketers. When this man threatened to
kill an African-American woman leader of DANFORR, other pro-choice forces
stepped between the man and the threatened sister.
The man jabbed picket
signs with a pen and then tried to remove the sign held by U.S. Senate candidate
David Sole, who is running on the Stop the War Slate of the Green Party ticket.
The man punched Sole in the mouth; the candidate fought back in self defense.
Police were called by the anti-choice forces, one of whom conveniently
videotaped only part of the whole incident.
The white male thug who
attacked Sole was handcuffed but only briefly placed into a squad car and then
later released. His cohorts received tickets for refusing to move their
stationary signs, which graphically depicted supposed bloodied fetuses. A female
officer at the scene warned Sole that he was about to be arrested and he should
leave the area.
Sole told Workers World: “This confirms that the
right-wing anti-choice movement is only too willing to revert to its violent
methods of the 1990s. If I am arrested, I will issue a press release stating
that my arrest has occurred because this candidate was defending women’s
right to reproductive freedom. I urge everyone, men and women, to get involved
in this crucial struggle.”
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