Debunking Elizabeth Warren by Linda Parks
July 9, 2022
Last week, U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) went on the war-path against pregnancy health centers. In interviews, speeches, and on twitter, she said “the idea that centers have sprung up to prey on people who are pregnant and vulnerable and seek help is fundamentally wrong”. And also “These so-called crisis pregnancy centers outnumber genuine abortion clinics by three to one. They are giving it over to people who wish them harm and this has to stop.”.
Warren has even introduced a bill called the Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation act that would fine charities $100,000 or “50 percent of the revenue earned by the ultimate parent entity” of the charity for violating the bill’s “prohibition of disinformation” related to abortion. Of course the bill does not define exactly what would be considered prohibited disinformation.
Are her statements accurate? She is correct in saying that pregnancy help centers outnumber abortion mills by 3-1. In some states they outnumber them 11-1. The fact is, there are about 3000 centers in the U.S. solely because people DO care about women and babies.
Pregnancy centers do not prey on vulnerable girls by providing disinformation. In fact, pregnancy centers provide accurate information about a baby’s stage of development so that moms have information to make informed decisions. They provide a full range of services from pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, education and resources to help families. Over all they provide an outpouring of love and compassion – for free.
I’m a numbers girl, so I had to find some stats. According to a report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, in 2019, pregnancy help centers had 55,000 volunteers and 14,000 paid staff. In addition, over 10,000 licensed professionals (6,000 of them volunteering their time) provided medical care and services to women in these centers. In all, pregnancy help centers provided over $266 million dollars in free services to families in their communities.
Contrast that with Planned Parenthood, whose excess of total revenue over total expenses was $69.7 million (according to their annual report from 2019-2020). Their reported income was $1.6 billion. In 2021, it would appear about 96% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy activity was performing abortions. Out of 366,164 total pregnancy-related services 354,871 were abortions and 11,293 were instances of prenatal care or adoption referrals. So rather than providing accurate information about a baby’s stage of development and the risks and complications of abortion, they push abortion as the only option for pregnant moms. *Read more about this here.
I find it interesting that Planned Parenthood donated about $750,000 to Federal political candidates in 2019 elections and they launched a 45 million dollar campaign to back Democrats in 2020. Their biggest electoral expenditure in history.
Do you think Elizabeth Warren isn’t a bit influenced by these campaign contributions?
What can we do to help? First, pray for pregnancy help centers and the young families who are seeking help. Next, donate some supplies or money or your time to your local center. Participate in fundraising events such as the 5K Walk/Run, the Chili Cook-off, and the Open House. Invite your family and friends to join you!