Stop fake clinics

NOW drums up support for the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act.

Published June 21, 2006 3:43PM (EDT)

What should we do about "crisis pregnancy centers" whose express purpose -- according to a recent report by the National Abortion Federation -- is to prevent women from having abortions, often via creepy subterfuge? One response to Broadsheet's post on the NAF's report saw the clinics as a perfect venue for a little civil disobedience: "What if a bunch of us (women, I mean) made appointments, took their free pregnancy tests to use up their resources, wasted their time listening to their 'information,' and then told them we thought they were self-righteous and preying on vulnerable women?" asked Alex M.

That's one possibility; here's another that doesn't require eating their orange juice and doughnuts. Back in March, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., filed the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act (H.R. 5052), which would force such clinics to throw in a little truth with their advertising -- and NOW is currently asking supporters to urge their legislators to back this legislation. Read more and take action by clicking here.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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