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Apr 25, 2006

Focus:Women
Action Request:Petition
Location:California, United States
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An Indiana mother recentlyaccompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one ofIndiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittinglywalked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" run by ananti-abortion group, one that shared a parking lot with the realPlanned Parenthood clinic and was designed expressly to lurePlanned Parenthood patients and deceive them.

The grouptook down the girl's confidential personal information and toldher to come back for her appointment, which they said would bein their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood officenearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did thePlanned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the policewere there. The "crisis pregnancy center" had called them,claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortionagainst her will.

The "crisis pregnancy center" staffthen proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassmentover the following days, showing up at the girl's home andcalling her father's workplace. Planned Parenthood's clinicdirector reports that the girl was "scared to death to leave herhouse." They even went to her school and urged classmates topressure her not to have an abortion.

The anti-choicemovement is setting up these "crisis pregnancy centers" acrossthe country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and runads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive healthservices, but they dispense anti-choice propaganda andintimidation instead. And according to a
recentarticle in The New York Times, there are currentlymore of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortionproviders. What's more, these centers have received $60 millionin government grants. They're being funded by our taxdollars.

A bill has just been introduced in Congressto stop the fraudulent practices of fake clinics, but itdesperately needs more support. Tell yourrepresentative to take a stand: anti-choice extremists must notget away with this any longer!

Go to: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/fake
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Posted: Tuesday April 25, 2006, 4:28 pm
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