A lawsuit in Maryland has me scratching my head. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is suing the city over a new law that they say is “targeting” pregnancy centers that help women find abortion alternatives. Basically, the new law requires such pregnancy centers to post a sign that states that they do not provide abortions. If they do not post said sign, they can be charged up to $150 per day that the sign is not posted.
And I’m left saying, “So? Post the sign.”
I visited a faith-based pregnancy center when I was pregnant with the Munchkin. I knew that they weren’t going to give me information on how to obtain an abortion. I knew that they weren’t going to perform an abortion. I knew that they weren’t going to pressure me to have an abortion. I was lucky that the pregnancy center I visited also didn’t push adoption down my throat. I was given a bunch of information as to how to obtain the proper medical care and assistances available to me at that time. I was given some supplies to get me started. I was treated like a human being.
If I had walked in the door and a sign had been posted on the door that read something to the effect of, “We don’t provide abortions,” I would have continued in the door. In fact, I was in such a daze when I finally mustered up the courage to actually walk in the door that I wouldn’t have noticed any sign on the door, let alone one about abortion. Seriously: I sat in a parking lot across the street from the center for a half hour before I could get out and walk in the door. And that was after debating the drive for over a week and a half. A sign wouldn’t have made a difference. One a woman has actually made her way to such a place, she’s not going to turn around because of a sign on the door.