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Bloomberg Signs Controversial Pregnancy Center Bill

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg signed a controversial bill targeting “crisis pregnancy centers” Wednesday — but not until anti-abortion activists got their say.

During a public hearing before the bill signing at City Hall, Chris Slattery, founder and president of anti-abortion pregnancy counseling center Expectant Mother Care, was one of two critics who spoke out against the measure, hinting that it would be challenged in court.

"It does not comply with justice, and it does not uphold the constitution of the United States," Slattery said. "It's an attack on the first amendment."

Three people also spoke in support of the law — including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the sponsor of the bill, City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had earlier signaled that he supported the measure, said anyone who doesn't like the law is free to sue. He said he believes in a woman's right to choose.

"I sign the bill with a conscience, clear conscience that it is providing information and it is not taking sides," Bloomberg said.

The newly signed bill requires pregnancy service centers to disclose whether they provide abortions or if they refer clients to a medical facility that can provide them. Supporters say centers run by anti-abortion advocates sometimes mislead pregnant women about how far along their pregnancies are in order to discourage them from having an abortion.

The City Council passed the bill 39-9 earlier this month.

The bill takes effect in 120 days.

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JO MOBILIA from ARIZONA

I AM TOTALLY AGAINST ABORTION. EACH BABY HAS THE RIGHT TO LIFE. EACH BABY IS A LOVING GIFT FROM GOD, NOT MEANT TO BE DESTROYED BY THE TERRIBLE ACT OF ABORTION.

Sep. 01 2011 08:18 PM
Dave Dowd from Westbrook, CT

EMC FrontLine has provided free ultrasounds for more then 20 years. Last year more then 4000 women viewed the ultrasound. Pressures were not placed on them. Between 2400 and 2500 of these women bonded with their babies.

They knew they were preggers with a baby and not a blob of flesh!

For Christine Quinn to rely on an investigation by NARAL to base Bill 371 on, at a time when the abortion rate in NYC is 41%, is an evil. Plain and simple.
But then for Christine Quinn to say at a pro choice rally on 2/26, "the timing of the passing of this bill (371-A) this week is on purpose. We will also pass resolutions condemning actions of Congress against Planned Parenthood and our reproductive rights"

Clearly, Quinn is using expectant mothers as a weapon against Congress in the name of reproductive rights.

4000 mothers from the streets of NYC know they were not pregnant with a pound of flesh. Judie Brown of the American Life League is right. She wrote "The number one public enemy in NYC is unborn babies".

NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the City Council and the Mayor... ACTED IN FEAR OF THE BABIES THESE MOTHERS LOVE !

Mar. 16 2011 11:28 PM

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