The following is a Catholic Action League of Massachusetts press release…
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the attempt by the Worcester City Council to outlaw pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in the city.
Just twelve days after Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy were damaged by criminal acts of vandalism, perpetrated by abortion fanatics, the Worcester City Council voted 6 to 5 to direct the City Manager and City Solicitor to draft an ordinance which would, effectively, shut down both facilities. Mayor Joseph M. Petty cast the tie breaking vote.
Problem Pregnancy has operated in Worcester, lawfully, since the early 1980’s.
The order of the Council requires the proposed ordinance to include language forcing the pro-life centers to “directly provide or provide referrals for abortion or emergency contraception,” a moral impossibility which would compel their closure.
The sponsor of the legislation is the city’s first “non-binary” Councilor, Thu Nguyen, who was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. Planned Parenthood also contributed to Nguyen’s 2021 election campaign.
In remarks prior to the vote, Nguyen accused pro-life centers of “telling lies about abortion, birth control, sexual health, talking about religion — when that’s not what you came for, and saying judgemental things about premarital sex, single parents, queer folks and BIPOC folks.”
The two Worcester pro-life clinics were attacked just eight days after U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren accused pro-lifers who work in crisis pregnancy centers of preying on women and them wishing harm.
The Catholic Action League called the proposed ordinance “special interest legislation for Planned Parenthood, which, through its surrogate, Thu Nguyen, is seeking to use the power of the government to silence and suppress its opposition.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle made the following comment: “This is an authoritarian measure, hostile to the First Amendment, conceived in lies, and which, if passed, will reward criminal violence.”
“Crisis pregnancy centers, unlike Planned Parenthood, receive no taxpayer funding, and little if any corporate or foundation support. They offer women compassionate alternatives to abortion. They provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, job placement, housing, and needed baby supplies.”
“The abortion industry and their allies in poltics and the media call them ‘fake clinics’ or ‘limited pregnancy centers.’ It might be more accurate to identify them as non-lethal pregnancy centers, as they are the only pregnancy centers where no one dies.”
“In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California law requiring faith based pregnancy centers to provide abortion referrals was unconstitutional. Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy should sue the City of Worcester.”