Pregnancy center legislation: Follow the money

February 01, 2011

It was with great satisfaction that I read the headline, "Baltimore Pregnancy Center rule is voided" on the front page of your Jan. 29th edition. When this ordinance was passed 14 months ago, I couldn't help but think of the old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished."

I have been a volunteer in a pregnancy center up in Harford County for over 25 years, and I know the love and the caring that each and every volunteer gives to these women in crisis. Yes, we are pro-life, and we feel that every pregnant woman, and every unborn child, deserves to be offered positive alternatives to abortion. We not only offer counseling, we also offer parenting classes and maternity clothes. If we are unable to help them with a certain item, we help them find a place that will. And we don't just abandon our clients after the baby is born. We offer them diapers, baby clothes, food, formula and anything else they might need. With all the good our pregnancy centers do, we don't need to be harassed by a petty and ridiculous government ordinance.

We've also heard when one wants to get to the bottom of the situation, follow the money trail. Let's see, who pushed for this ordinance in the first place? Yes, none other than Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the U.S. Could they have pushed for this legislation because every time a volunteer at a pregnancy center convinces a woman to choose life for her child, they lose money?

While this abortion provider makes money with every abortion they perform, our volunteers don't make a penny when we save a life and help a needy mom. Knowing that we have helped a mother and her child is reward enough. God bless Archbishop Edwin O'Brien and Judge Marvin Garbis.

Jeanne Murphy, Bel Air

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