MN gives millions to anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers�

This is pretty fucked up.
It looks like Minnesota is going to be giving a shitload of money to the same “crisis pregnancy centers� that others are trying to regulate due to false advertising and scare tactics that intimidate women into not having abortions.
Tomorrow, a number of groups and clinics that specifically aim to steer women away from abortion will begin receiving $4.75 million from the state over the next two years. This is a part of the “Positive Alternatives Act� that was passed last year.
In the meantime, funding for family planning (which includes abortion services) is going down. And fast.

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5 Comments

  1. Kyra
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Minnesota native says “fuck.”

  2. Posted June 30, 2006 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    This is Vanessa’s fourth post today. Go you. :-)

  3. Qi
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    How did this get past the upper House, where the DFL has a 5-seat majority?

  4. Qi
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Apparently it was passed overwhelmingly, with the false advertising issue not even mentioned as well. It wouldn’t have been difficult to include a provision denying funding to organizations that engage in misleading advertising.
    More dicussion here and the ACLU’s statement here.
    My biggest problem with this bill is probably that it focuses only on the pregnancy stage, and not at the later stage of life for the child.

  5. Vanessa
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Gee thanks, I guess! I usually cover Fridays.

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