Two new laws in North Carolina are set to give crisis pregnancy centers more funding and influence, which has opened them up to more scrutiny. But a new tale about center staffers telling a Jewish woman that in order to avoid eternal damnation she should keep her baby and think about accepting Jesus as her lord and savior isn't really helping their case.
The Charlotte Observer reports that soon the pregnancy centers will start seeing some cash, and more importantly, gain legitimacy, from the state's "Choose Life" license plates and the new law that requires an ultrasound before an abortion. The ACLU is suing the state over the plates, but the ultrasound law goes into effect on Wednesday. Ostensibly to help women meet the requirement, a state-run website will begin listing places that provide free ultrasounds, including the crisis pregnancy centers. While they may have people in white coats performing ultrasounds, most centers don't actually staff medical professionals. Democratic State Rep. Jennifer Weiss points out that the centers may also be unwilling to certify the exam if they know the woman intends to get an abortion. "The law is steering them someplace to comply with the law, but the place may not allow them to comply with the law," said Weiss.