Yes, you heard right. Offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling is super-duper intimidating. Pro-choice groups (NARAL) are up in arms against ads from EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, a pro-life group. According to Andrea Miller, Executive Director of NARAL, “there should be truth in advertising.”
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Well, ‘truth in advertising’ would be an issue if they didn’t offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling. Yet they do. So what’s the real issue here?
Surprise surprise, it’s because EMC offers pro-life alternatives to abortion. NARAL justifies their attack with this keen observation: “those behind the ads try to reach out to women considering abortions and attempt to stop or delay them from doing so.” Oh gosh, she’s right — that’s so illegal! Because everyone knows that you must explicitly state your angle on all ads even if what is being advertised is 100% accurate. And we’d never tolerate less than 100% accuracy in advertising.
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And NARAL isn’t alone on this. “NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has now introduced federal legislation that would call on the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, to regulate such ads and prevent advertisers from making what Maloney is calling false promises.”
Well that would certainly be useful legislation if anything they were promising was false. Way to spend your your constituents’ tax money doing something useful, Maloney.
So what do you think — are pro-life ads held to a completely different standard?