Here is a surprising article from the New York Times that reportedly even appeared on the front page.
BOWIE, Md., Jan. 26 – Sixteen months ago, Andrea Brown, 24 years old and unmarried, was desperate for an abortion, fearing the disappointment of her parents and the humiliation she might face.
While frantically searching the telephone book one day, she came across the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center and Medical Clinic, a church-financed organization that provides counseling and education about sexual abstinence. The receptionist told Ms. Brown that the clinic did not perform abortions or make referrals but that she could come in for an ultrasound to make sure her six-and-a-half-week pregnancy was viable. When she did, everything changed.
"When I had the sonogram and heard the heartbeat – and for me a heartbeat symbolizes life – after that there was no way I could do it," Ms. Brown said recently as she revisited the clinic and watched her daughter, Elora, now 9 months old, play at her feet.
In the battle over abortion, opponents say they have discovered a powerful new tool: sonograms. And over the last 18 months, they have started major fund-raising campaigns to outfit Christian crisis pregnancy centers with ultrasound equipment.
Even more amazing is that they put a cute picture of her nine month old daughter with the story. The story also included this piece of information about what happened there last week.
Places like the Bowie center are a front line in the struggle over abortion, and the clinic reported to the police that on the eve of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision last month, its windows were smashed and it was spray painted with graffiti saying "Choice."
Such centers, many financed by churches and church groups, try to persuade women through counseling to carry their pregnancies to term, and often provide prenatal care and pregnancy tests and sometimes clothing and supplies.
Supporters of abortion rights say that a large number of the centers lure women by leaving the impression that they do, in fact, perform abortions and subsequently do not give young women a full picture of their choices.
"Generally, their treatment of women who come in is coercive," said Susanne Martinez, vice president of public policy at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "From the time they walk in to these centers, they are inundated with information that is propaganda and that has one goal in mind. And that is to have women continue with their pregnancies."
Most centers still do not have ultrasound machines. But at those that do, the results of performing sonograms have been startling, abortion opponents say. A survey by the Heidi Group, a Christian evangelical nonprofit organization that advises such centers on fund-raising and administration, found that those using counseling alone reported persuading 70 percent of women considering abortion to abandon the idea. In centers with ultrasound machines, that number jumped to 90 percent, said Carol Everett, the group’s chief executive. Such statistics could not be independently verified.
One interesting fact about how ultrasound machines is how they came to be more prevalent. Initially crisis pregnancy centers were unlicensed clinics that were unable to offer any medical services. Because pro-abortion activist complained about these unlicensed clinics offering counseling, many of these clinics sought accreditation and became licensed. With a license they were then able to offer medical services such as ultrasounds so this is a ironic and excellent consequence of pro-abortion activists.
It is not hard to expose the lie of "choice." The verbiage they use would outwardly appear that the two options of choice, abortion or having the child, are equally weighted. We often hear about how we need to make abortion more rare and yet when women choose to have their child some Planned Parenthood spokesman must tell us why it is bad. I can see why they are panicking over crisis pregnancy centers. Success rates of 70 percent with counseling or 90 percent with both counseling and ultrasounds must scare them, especially as they look at their financial bottom line.
It is also rather ironic of PP’s spokesman to accuse crisis pregnancy centers of counseling with only one goal in mind. In those cases where there "counseling" does not lead to an abortion they have zero services to offer a women needing financial or medical help to have a child. Annie of After Abortion commented on a post at another blog on the question does PP offer enough options for counseling.She showed the numbers of PP 2002-3 report showing that PP has actually decreased the numbers of referrals for adoptions services and has in fact increased the amount of abortions they do.
NARAL weighs in with their own disillusional reply.
"With or without ultrasound," Ms. Keenan said, "women understand the moral dimensions of their choices."
Yeah this is why PP and NARAL have lobbied states to toughen the requirements for the use of ultrasounds.
The whole article is worth reading and this would be a welcome model of abortion reporting from the NYT where actually pro-lifers are allowed to speak for themselves. It of course includes replies by pro-abortion supporters, but their arguments seem really vapid in comparison with what these clinics are actually doing. They still can’t bring themselves to saying pro-life instead of anti-abortion, though the article is at least progress and I hope it might be a trend. Not holding my breath though.