(VIDEO) Baltimore's Pregnancy Ministries Must Now Disclose Their True Mission. And They Don't Like It
Written by Keiren Havens for RHRealityCheck.org - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.
If you are a woman between the ages of 18-24 and you are having sex, you are a target. A local pregnancy ministry, also known as a “crisis pregnancy center,” wants to have a heart-to-heart conversation with you. The nice lady won’t tell you that she believes birth control is bad. But she will offer you a free pregnancy test and even an ultrasound. She will make you feel just like a patient in a health clinic.
Over 1,100 evangelical Christian pregnancy ministries across the US seek to create “a culture where lives are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and every woman chooses life for her unborn child.” Volunteers and staff lead women to Christ by keeping them away from birth control and abortion. These ministries are devoted to ensuring that sexually active women and girls get pregnant, stay pregnant, and become mothers. After all, that is what happens to women who do not have birth control, regardless of whether they are willingly having sex.
A new law took effect earlier this year in Baltimore City compelling local pregnancy ministries to post signs that say that they do not provide or refer for birth control or abortion. Now they are disgruntled, shocked, appalled.