James Dobson

Jimmy D. is exercising his notion of Christian privilege again:

Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to uphold California’s so called ‘Reproductive FACT Act.’ This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve.

Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is an affront to our constitutionally mandated rights to life and to religious freedom.

There are several moving parts here. First of all, the Reproductive Fact Act requires licensed healthcare facilities to prominently post or distribute notices:

California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [telephone number].

The above is aimed primarily at abortion providers to ensure that California women are not being subjected to unnecessary healthcare expenses.
Unlicensed facilities must provide a notice to all clients that they are not a licensed healthcare facility.

The problem with so-called crisis pregnancy centers is that they lie. These unlicensed facilities pass themselves off as abortion providers in order to aggressively counsel women out of having an abortion with guilt, shame and misinformation. They attempt to convince women that having an abortion leaves them at greater risk for breast cancer (untrue) and that they will suffer severe depression due to an abortion (also untrue). They also intentionally drag out the process with tests and follow-up sonograms in an attempt to make a first trimester abortion impossible. Were they to honestly advertise as pre-abortion counseling services this legislation would not have been necessary. In fact these places might cease to exist.

What Dobson objects to is having to tell the truth that these places are not licensed healthcare facilities. Doing so does not violate religious beliefs. It simply precludes these phony clinics from passing themselves off as abortion providers. They do not even have to mention the word abortion in  their advisory so they cannot complain that they are promoting abortions.

Dobson goes on to cite the importance of the presidential election and the possible effect on the Supreme Court of the United States. I could not agree with him more which is why I am with her.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.