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Baker blocks info about pregnancy centers

The following letter by June Rowe of Arlington, a member of Mystic Valley Action for Choice, is republished from The Boston Globe with the author's permission. It was published Nov. 16 under the headline "Blocking bid to shed light on pregnancy centers, Baker fails public." 

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Governor Charlie Baker’s recent veto denies much-needed public education about the deceptive advertising practices employed by crisis pregnancy centers (“Abortion measure veto seen as surprise,” Metro, Nov. 12). Crisis pregnancy centers are not health facilities.

While they purport to offer the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including abortion care, in reality they deceive women and manipulate them away from seeking an abortion. Crisis pregnancy centers can delay care for people who unknowingly visit their facilities seeking an abortion.

Worse, they potentially prevent women from accessing medication abortion, which can be obtained at up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and is far less invasive and costly than a surgical abortion.

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