Maryland Officials Push For Attacks on Urban Pregnancy Centers

AuthorDean Nelson | DateWednesday, August 15, 2012


The fight against urban pregnancy centers started in 2008 when NARAL, the nation’s leading abortion advocate, launched their “Urban Initiative” to influence city leaders to place restrictions and heavy fines on pregnancy centers serving mostly black and Latina women.  These centers have a primary focus, to serve women and their unborn children. Urban PRCs generally provide free ultrasounds, free pregnancy tests and material assistance.

Most recently courts have found the restrictions on these centers are unconstitutional.

“In a pair of 2-1 decisions, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the centers that the Baltimore city and Montgomery County ordinances violated their free-speech rights”, according to the Associated Press.

This decision, however, did not satisfy Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner of Bethesda, who said the county will appeal the panel’s decision to the “en banc” or the full 4th circuit court for reconsideration.

With the highest rates of abortion coming from both black and Latino communities, the obvious need is to support existing centers and open new ones.  Instead Montgomery County seeks to impose futher regulations on them in order to hinder their services. This tactic from abortion advocates is to protect their financial interest. Every time a woman choses life after visiting a pregnancy center, an abortionist loses several hundred dollars.

Currently, a vast majority of abortion providers are located in metropolitan areas. Many of them are in predominantly minority-populated communities, thereby contributing greatly to the disproportionate impact of abortion on minorities. Statistics show that African American and Latina women account for only 27% of the female population in the U.S., yet they undergo 59% of all abortions. In many urban communities, abortion providers outnumber pregnancy centers by a ratio of five to one. Care Net is working on expanding access to the important resources provided by pregnancy centers so that women in urban areas are empowered to carry their pregnancies to term.

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