The Missouri House passed a bill that if enacted would prevent local governments from regulating the day-to-day operations of crisis pregnancy centers. Proponents of the bill see it as a preemptive move to shield crisis pregnancy centers from litigation surrounding their advertising practices and the advice they give to patients.
The bill now moves to the Senate, and with just a couple days left in the regular session lawmakers would need to move quickly to enact the measure.
The bill represents all that is wrong with the anti-choice movement. If 2011-2012 has a unifying legislative theme, that theme is to hyper-regulate abortion providers to drive them out of business. Lawmakers are demanding the right to script what doctors must tell patients prior to performing an abortion, to regulate the details of the kinds of facilities abortions must be performed in, and just how women should be allowed to pay for these procedures. This is despite the fact that very few, if any, of the regulations targeting abortion providers are grounded in anything that remotely looks like science or an understanding of how practicing medicine works.
But that’s exactly the point. Crisis pregnancy centers do not practice science, they preach religion dressed up as a quasi-scientific endeavor. Their practices include deceiving women about the effectiveness of birth control, the medical process of having an abortion and the realities of life as an unprepared parent. And in Missouri it would appear that Republicans would like to enshrine kind of fraud and deception into law.
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