January 22, 2010 | Comments Off
Today is the March for Life, an event I hope to attend at least some of later in the day. It is also the 37th anniversary of one of the most atrocious Supreme Court decisions ever handed down by our Overlords in black, and Red State has a terrific editorial today that is a definite must read on the topic.
It is heartening that we have made some small strides through the years. Opposition to abortion has increased, and we’re seeing some signs that the youth of today are embracing the culture of life. But we still have far to go, as evidenced by the actions of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council.
The Montgomery County Council is considering a regulation that would require pro-life pregnancy resource centers to tell new clients that the information they provide is not intended to be medical advice and to turn to other providers before “proceeding on a course of action regarding [her] pregnancy.” The regulation would impose a fine of up to $750 per day for not doing so.
The bill singles out pregnancy resource centers only because of their pro-life mission. If approved, the Montgomery County regulation would impose government-compelled speech on a non-profit organization that does not receive public funding simply because the organization declines to provide or refer for abortion. The regulation does not apply to “family planning” clinics, which the County government funds, or to abortion clinics.
Maryland, which as a colony was a haven for Catholics, is now the state with the fourth highest abortion rate in the country, and had been one of the few states where the rate is increasing.
There is a critical need for offering alternatives to abortion. While the abortion rate declined 9 percent nationally between 2000 and 2005, the abortion rate in Maryland rose 8 percent in the same period. Our state’s abortion rate is now 38 percent higher than the national rate, with more than one-in-four Maryland pregnancies ending in abortion. There were 37,590 abortions performed here in 2005 – about 103 per day. To even consider targeting centers that help women choose life is unconscionable in light of these tragic statistics, which represent an even more tragic reality.
Though there is growing opposition to this movement, the Montgomery City Council has not a single Republican member. My wife has written to our Council member, but I fear our pleas will fall on deaf ears. If you are in or around the Montgomery County area, please write your local representatives to fight this ideologically motivated attack on pregnancy resource centers. There is more information on how to get involved here.