By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Well, modern day Sodom and Gomorrah strikes again… San Francisco is attempting to pass a law that will eliminate any counseling center which doesn’t encourage or perform abortions. Eugenics anyone? Straight up evil in the City by the Bay.
Zombie has a new post up at Pajamas Media that exposes and details what City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Malia Cohen have been up to and it is bizarre to say the least. Representing the municipal government, they launched a “coordinated attack” on pregnancy counseling centers that didn’t provide or advocate for abortions:
San Francisco leaders are launching a coordinated attack against what they call “one of the most serious threats to reproductive rights today” — so-called crisis pregnancy centers that advertise as though they provide abortions, but counsel against them.
In a joint press conference with Supervisor Malia Cohen, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said the “right-wing, politically motivated centers” use false advertisements to target vulnerable populations and can cost women valuable time as they decide whether or not to end a pregnancy.
“Women’s reproductive rights are under assault,” Herrera said.
The two officials both took action against the centers Tuesday: Cohen introduced legislation that would prohibit centers from making misleading statements about the services they provide, while Herrera took the first step toward legal action against a center he accused of doing just that.
Cohen’s bill, which was co-sponsored by supervisors David Chiu, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener, would give centers that use misleading advertisements 10 days to correct the problem. After that, the organizations would either be fined or given a court order requiring them to comply.
Also on Tuesday, Herrera sent a letter to First Resort, a San Francisco center whose advertising he described as “particularly egregious.”
First Resort’s sponsored advertisement appears in the results of a Google search for the terms “abortion” and “San Francisco”.
When women search for terms like “abortion” and “San Francisco,” a Google ad sponsored by First Resort appears, even though the organization does not provide abortions or referrals for them, Herrera said.
The letter asks First Resort to change its advertisements and website by the end of August to clarify that it does not provide abortion services.
San Francisco is evidently going to sue the clinic for false advertising even though their advertising is not false. And they are suing on the basis of a Google ranking? Seriously? I’d like to see that hold up in court. But, hey… It’s California, the land of fruits and nuts, so anything goes I guess. Evidently life is cheap there, but death is priceless.
In truth, the clinic is being politically harassed and labeled as right-wing in an open bias against them for leaning towards pro-life. If you aren’t proactively advising young women to abort their babies, well then, we have ways of making you comply – ya?
First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett released a statement Tuesday’s afternoon responding to Herrera and Cohen’s announcement earlier.
“First Resort rejects in the strongest possible terms any representation that our advertising misleads women,” Plunkett said.
“We treat women with dignity and respect and respect their right to choose. We welcome both Supervisor Cohen and City Attorney Herrera to tour our facilities and educate themselves about the services we provide,” she said.
Plunkett called the clinic a “model” and said she was confident it complies with local, state and federal laws.
“We look forward to a robust discussion about the appropriateness of this legislation and urge them not to test the constitutional boundaries of free speech,” Plunkett said.
I am not surprised that NARAL is involved in this. I hope the clinic wipes the delivery floor with these asshats. Take it all the way to the Supreme Court if need be on a Constitutional footing. The San Francisco Cult of Death needs to be stopped in its deadly tracks.