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February 8, 2005

Seeing Inside the Life Movement

I've been meaning to point out something remarkable that Jeff Miller noticed: a New York Times article that actually goes inside pro-life groups... and not for a special report in search of evil and corruption:

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.

Susanne Martinez, VP of public policy for Planned Parenthood, claims that these centers' "treatment of women... is coercive. ... they are inundated with information that is propaganda and that has one goal in mind." Now, now, Ms. Martinez, an ultrasound isn't propaganda. We on the side of life prefer the term "choice aid."

Posted by Justin Katz at February 8, 2005 12:48 AM

"One goal in mind," huh? That's rich. And I'm sure all that just-the-facts-ma'am information one gets at Planned Parenthood is just as likely to convince a woman not to have an abortion, as it is to convince her to hve one. Since, you know, they don't have any specific goal in mind.

Posted by: Sage at February 8, 2005 10:16 AM

What Sage said...

Posted by: Mike S. at February 8, 2005 3:31 PM