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Missouri GOP Think Fraud By Crisis Pregnancy Centers OK

Missouri GOP Think Fraud By Crisis Pregnancy Centers OK


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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12:35AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Where are all the doctors in this mess. Are they not speaking up for their patients?Should not all the doctors ban together and insist that the politicians stay out of the doctors business and leave it up to the doctors and their patients to decide what medical advice and procedures they should receive?

7:39AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Such a dereliction of duty and disregard for their oaths of office!

11:39PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Of course they do- they love lies that support them.

9:27PM PDT on May 18, 2012

How would they like it if the federal government passed a law requiring all health care providers in Missouri to keep a list of all the Missouri House and Senate members that voted in favor of this bill, and practice fraud instead of medicine if any of them come for treatment?

4:33PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Nor surprised by the headline... of course, they do.... The fraud of the crisis centers SERVES the GOP's needs/wants/desires. Get it people!?? Vote for a progressive Democrat folks!

2:57PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Hi Roseanne D - I have to correct you - Thou shalt not lie is not a commandment - its Thou Shalt Not bear false witness against thy neighbor (#9) The story of Ruth brings that out quite clearly - when she was falsely accused of worshiping a stone god of the Moabites.

2:55PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Christianistas - listen up - this is NOT what Jesus would do. Get it??? So to all you Christianistas - either you're with Jesus or you're not. Which are you? If you are with Jesus - then straighten up your acts. Cuz this ain't what he would do!

(Lying is one of those 10 commandments you should do!)

1:52PM PDT on May 18, 2012

The Brown Shirts are on the march again. They masquerade as men of principle, but in reality, they are just haters, plain and simple. The seek to control, bully, coerce, and force their small-minded ideas down the throats of everyone in sight, particularly women.

What is wrong with the women in Missouri? For that matter, what is wrong with the men there? Religion has no place in public policy decision-making. None. These haters are the plague of extremism. They hide behind their virulent religious views and hate. These types of creatures have been with us since the beginning of humankind. They are the true plague.

1:41PM PDT on May 18, 2012

I'm surprised they haven't just struck "Thou Shall Not Lie" from The Ten Commandments. They can't seem to abide by that one...or any of the other ones, come to think of it.

12:40PM PDT on May 18, 2012

These places should be banned by law. They do nothing but deliberately spread misinformation and lies about pregnancy, abortion, and contraception, aggressively harass and browbeat women with their extreme religious views in a blatant attempt to "guilt" them into continuing a pregnancy, and the worst part is the false advertising they get away with! If it was any other business, the BBB would have them shut down so fast it would make their heads spin! These places are not only blatantly unconstitutional, but evil!

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