NARAL Pro-Choice America Should Google The Word ‘Choice’

Katherine Rosario Communications Deputy, Heritage Action
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NARAL Pro-Choice America wants to protect a woman’s right to choose. They just don’t want women to know about all the options available to them.

In the name of “choice,” NARAL Pro-Choice America has lobbied Google to take down ads on its site for crisis pregnancy centers, which provide women considering abortion financial and other assistance to help them carry their baby to term. Google has bowed to the pressure.

Its advertising policy prohibits “misleading, inaccurate and deceitful ads,” and requires the ads to be “factually supportable.”

Apparently, NARAL considers itself to be the arbiter of truth.  And their version of truth apparently precludes telling women that abortion is not their only option, that they can seek support elsewhere, and that having their baby is okay. In defense of the organization’s lobbying efforts, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said:

Anyone looking for abortion services should be able to depend on their search engine to provide them with accurate resources. Anything less is aiding and abetting ideologically driven groups with a calculated campaign to lie to and shame women making one of the most important decisions of our lives.

National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias responded to Google’s decision by saying they are “waging a war on women by limiting knowledge of the options and services available to women.”

There are approximately 2,200 crisis pregnancy centers in the United States according to Students for Life of America. Unlike abortion giant Planned Parenthood, the centers do not charge for any of their services. More than 90 percent of total funding for the crisis pregnancy centers is from private, non-governmental sources. The left has decried the government’s minor role in funding these centers, while dismissing, or celebrating, the fact that 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue in 2013 — $540.6 million — came in the form of taxpayer-funded government health services grants.

In 2012, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions, according to their annual report. In 2013, they hit a record, performing 333,964 abortions and simultaneously hit a record for government funding. The Heritage Foundation describes Planned Parenthood as “single-minded” in their performing of abortions and notes, “While Planned Parenthood affiliates performed a record number of abortions in 2011, the organization made only 2,300 adoption referrals and provided fewer than 30,000 prenatal services.” They also do not and cannot perform mammograms, as they often suggest.

But taxpayer-funding for abortion providers isn’t enough for some on the left. They want to control the entire debate, and they’ve got a lot of help doing that.

Despite the fact that Americans are divided on the issue of abortion, President Obama became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood in April of last year, when he vowed to defend abortion rights:

… as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you fighting every step of the way.

The mainstream media’s glorification of the left’s abortion agenda and their scant attention to pro-life events is difficult to dispute. For example, Katie Yoder of the Media Research Center pointed out that of 22 reports covering the largest annual pro-life event, the March for Life in Washington D.C., in the last 10 years, a mere 2 reports used the word “life.” The others used terms such as “anti-abortion” advocates.

Apparently, having the proverbial megaphones of a sitting president and the undying dedication of the mainstream media isn’t enough for those promoting the lucrative abortion industry. Apparently it’s not enough that the nation’s largest abortion provider still receives robust taxpayer funding. Apparently centers that exist to help women through difficult pregnancies must have their voices stifled too.

But it’s difficult to reason with an organization like NARAL.  Their ability to put dizzying spin on any issue is uncanny. They even managed to blame pro-life Americans for the crimes of abortionist and convicted serial killer Kermit Gosnell.

Desperate much? Maybe NARAL Pro-Choice should Google the word ‘choice.’