Earlier this month, Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) stood in the well of the Georgia Senate chamber, and recounted a story told to her by one of her constituents.
The story was a personal account of a young woman’s first-hand experience with a crisis pregnancy center, or CPC. These centers, which can be found near high schools and college campuses across the state, are privately-funded, often by religious and/or anti-choice nonprofits. Their ultimate goal is to steer women away from having an abortion by pushing their political ideology on them.
Orrock told the chamber how the woman — a young college student — was terrified that she might be pregnant. Scared and alone, she sought help at what she thought was a health clinic.
That “clinic” turned out to be a CPC near her campus, and instead of help, the woman received nothing more than religious pamphlets and judgment. Fortunately, she eventually found help elsewhere, but not before going through a humiliating and traumatic experience.
This powerful story fell on deaf ears.
After a lengthy debate, the State Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) that would provide state funding for CPC’s.
Is it the most heinous piece of legislation the General Assembly has ever considered? Far from it. It’s not even the worst bill to come up this session.
But if the “crisis pregnancy center” bill passes through both chambers and is signed by the governor, then it means that the state of Georgia — using tax dollars paid by you and me — not only refuses to condemn what happened to that young woman in college, but endorses it.
That is unacceptable. Click here to email Gov. Deal, and tell him exactly what you think of this bill.