Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) lashed out against pro-life pregnancy centers in an interview Tuesday, claiming the centers only exist to “fool” and “torture” pregnant women and that lawmakers need to “shut them down” across the country.
During the interview, Warren expressed outrage that life-affirming pregnancy centers outnumber abortion clinics in her home state of Massachusetts. The progressive senator also claimed the primary mission of such centers is to deceive pregnant women.
“In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber true abortion clinics by three to one,” Warren said, putting “crisis pregnancy centers” in air-quotes.
“We need to shut them down here in Massachusetts, and we need to shut them down all around the country,” the senator continued. “You should not be able to torture a pregnant person like that.”
Warren’s rant on Tuesday is only the latest statement in what has been a months-long crusade against life-affirming pregnancy centers. Last week, Warren stated publicly that lawmakers “need to put a stop” to such centers “right now,” and in June the senator introduced legislation that would induce the federal government to target pro-life clinics.
Sponsored by Warren and fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the so-called “Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act” would allow the Federal Trade Commission to collect penalties from crisis pregnancy centers, many of which survive off of private donations.
When Warren announced her proposed legislation on Twitter, writing that the government needed to “crack down” on pro-life clinics, social media users were quick to point out the irony of a “pro-choice” politican being so against pregnant women being allowed to choose from an array of resources.
“Clinics like this one are essential for helping women have options,” wrote one user, who detailed her own experience with a life-affirming clinic. “If you support taking away free or low cost medical care, support & supplies for pregnant women, then you are not pro choice.”
“If you are only offering abortion, then it is not about choice, but abortion,” the user continued. “Because there is no real choice when all other options seem unobtainable or nonexistent.”