10/21/2014 09:12 am ET Updated Oct 21, 2014

The Most Manipulative Part Of The Anti-Choice Movement


“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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