Massachusetts Department of Health launches $1 million campaign against crisis pregnancy centers – NewBostonPost

June 10, 2024

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is launching a $1 million “public awareness campaign” against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, developed in conjunction with an abortion organization.

According to the State House News Service, state officials announced the campaign on Monday, June 10, at an event outside an abortion clinic in Brookline.

“Every day, people across the Commonwealth enter anti-abortion centers, unaware that these facilities pose as comprehensive medical facilities and pose a significant risk to the health and well-being of those seeking help, support and options,” Department of Health Commissioner Robbie Goldstein said in a written statement. “As a physician, I find this type of deception and misrepresentation unconscionable, and as Commissioner, I feel a responsibility to combat these shameful practices and blatant misinformation as strongly as I can.”

The state health agency did not provide any evidence to support Goldstein's claims.

The campaign against crisis pregnancy centers was developed in partnership with Reproductive Equity Now, an abortion-supporting organization. The money comes from a state supplemental budget for 2023, according to the state Department of Health.

“Campaign messages will appear on social media platforms, billboards, radio and public transit,” the State House News Service reported.

While a 30-second social media video on YouTube posted by the state Department of Health on Monday, June 10, correctly points out that crisis pregnancy centers do not provide abortions, it also claims, “They deceive you about your options when you are pregnant,” without providing any evidence to support this.

One commenter on the video wrote: “OH NO!!!! Free diapers and childcare! Easy access to adoption agencies and parenting classes! HORROR”

Screenshot of the Centers for Crisis Pregnancy video posted on YouTube by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Monday, June 10, 2024.

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