The pro-abortion extremism that holds sway in the state of New York is shocking. Catholic News Agency reports the latest grim example of that extremism: the state of New York is investigating a pro-life crisis pregnancy center for not performing abortions.
The CompassCare pregnancy center in upstate New York, which is still reeling from a recent firebombing, must submit to an investigation of its “donors, patients, service processes, affiliates, and more,” according to its CEO, Jim Harden.
“One of several pro-abortion measures New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law on June 13 authorizes the state’s commissioner of health, currently Dr. Mary T. Bassett, to conduct an in-depth study of pro-life pregnancy centers like CompassCare that don’t provide abortion services,” reports the Catholic News Agency.
Hochul’s law targets “limited service pregnancy centers” in a bid to bully them into providing propaganda in favor of abortion and “a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services.”
This attempt to crush crisis pregnancy centers is perverse. These centers provide desperately needed charity. As Catholic News Agency says, “CompassCare provides women with free, baseline OB-GYN care, diagnostic pregnancy services, sexually transmitted disease (STD) treatment, and abortion pill reversal care.”
A spokesperson for New York’s Catholic bishops said that Hochul “seeks to encourage abortion tourism, rather than helping women and children who may be in need.“ The spokesperson added that “New York should stop presenting abortion as the best and only option for struggling women, and harassing any pro-life pregnancy center that may help women keep their babies. This abortion-or-nothing narrative only demeans women.”
Should Roe v. Wade fall, New York will in all likelihood become the premier destination spot for abortion tourism in the country. Hochul’s attack on crisis pregnancy centers is a foreshadowing of that sorry day. Free of even the minor restrictions Roe v. Wade permitted, she will make New York maximally pro-abortion. But if that happens, those crisis pregnancy centers will be more important than ever. We can only hope that the integrity of those centers is preserved and they remain admirable oases of charity in an otherwise cruel pro-abortion state.