The New York Daily News reports today that anti-abortion activists with the support of local churches will open pro-life centers in Queens and upper Manhattan.
The first, the “New Beginnings Center of Hope,” will open in Jamaica, Queens by the end of the year. According to the report, the center will offer “couseling, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and adoption referrals.”
Critics of the center expressed indignation that the “New Beginnings” center would advertise itself as providing “crisis pregnancy counseling.” From the Daily News:
Choices CEO Merle Hoffman, a pioneering abortion-rights advocate, said pro-life centers typically don’t provide women with a clear sense of all of their options — and will scare women thinking of terminating their pregnancies.
She also pointed out that the counselors at the centers aren’t always licensed social workers.
“It’s misrepresentative advertising because they call themselves crisis pregnancy counseling to discuss options,” Hoffman said. “And then the option of abortion is not discussed either realistically or as an option.”