Yesterday Intro 371, the bill seeking to muzzle pregnancy resource centers in NYC, was passed by a resounding 39-9 vote with one abstention. I was there in the Council chamber and witnessed history being made. I’ll be blogging on this over the course of a few posts. There are myriad angles to this story and I’ll only touch on a few.
First, the true target in all of this was not Chris Slattery and EMC Pregnancy Centers, as some have been writing. Nor have the other CPC directors been the inspiration for this legislation. Chris has been around the longest in NYC, and while he is a hero to many and reviled by the other side, this was NOT a personal vendetta by the City Council. To suggest as much is extremely myopic and clouds our vision to the truth, a truth much more sinister than a mere grudge-fest.
In reality, similar legislation already exists in other cities, and is part of a nationwide concerted effort by NARAL and Planed Parenthood. New York City was chosen for a few reasons.
First, because we have a radical, proabort lesbian City Council Speaker who has been bought and paid for by NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
Second, because New Yorkers accept abortion rather blithely. There is not much substantial opposition in this town, where 41% of babies are aborted, so NYC was low-hanging fruit that was easy picking.
But all of this is undergirded by a deeper driving force for the national campaign against pregnancy centers. In a word:
They’re inexpensive, and come in laptop form.
Yesterday at the City Council session, the bill’s proponents were nearly unanimous in pointing to the sonograms as ‘evidence’ that PRC’s were masquerading as doctor’s offices. That’s the cover story for the legislation, and a pathetic one at best. We are being asked to believe that a woman entering a PRC does not know that she is not in an abortion center, because there is a sonogram technician with a machine showing the young woman images of what is within her womb.
They fear the sonogram, because the technology is so overwhelmingly convincing for mothers, as it was for Dr. Bernard Nathanson. So the new strategy is to erect barriers between abortion-minded women and the machines posing an existential threat to the abortion industry, in the form of forced disclaimers at the door, in the waiting rooms, on advertising, and on the phone.
Yesterday was the other side’s most desperate hour. This piece of legislation will now go on to the courts where it will face almost certain defeat.
At yesterday’s City Council session, Speaker Quinn announced that the reason the bill was being moved up a few weeks for a vote was to enable the bill’s sponsor, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, the privilege of being present when her pet project was passed…
… before Lappin delivers her own baby in a few weeks.