WOMEN

The Most Manipulative Part Of The Anti-Choice Movement

Malika Daniel, of Fairburn, Ga., raises her hand during a prayer song at the March For Life anti-abortion rally outside the S
Malika Daniel, of Fairburn, Ga., raises her hand during a prayer song at the March For Life anti-abortion rally outside the State Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered outside the Statehouse for the annual rally to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

“Here at ArborVitae, we recognize that free, timely, top-quality medical services provide indispensable information to women facing unexpected pregnancies who are engaged in what is often a difficult and stressful decision-making process,” reads part of the “Mission and Vision” section of the brochure of a clinic that is located in downtown Ann Arbor, near the campus of the University of Michigan. It’s a location that I know well, having grown up in Ann Arbor and graduated from U of M; in fact, this crisis pregnancy clinic is one floor below a coffee shop where I used to write.

Not that the words “crisis pregnancy clinic” appear anywhere in ArborVitae’s brochure, or in the facility’s small, quiet waiting room, or on the sandwich board propped up on the sidewalk in front of the building. And in this, ArborVitae is just like the thousands of other crisis pregnancy clinics (CPCs) operating around the country that represents one of the most manipulative arms of the anti-choice movement.

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