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Pregnancy centers should not hide agenda

It is apparent that some pregnancy centers have a hidden agenda of preventing women from having abortions ("Pregnancy center signs are necessary," July 24). To lure pregnant women into these places under the guise of assisting them in difficult decisions regarding their pregnancies is false advertising at best.

The Supreme Court ruled that women may legally seek abortions based on a universal right to privacy in its Roe v. Wade decision. Since then, many states and agencies have usurped that right. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guarantees a universal right to privacy — except, obviously, in the case of pregnant women.

Thomas J. Schetelich, chairman of the Board of Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, has stated that as his organization is privately funded it has the right to further its own agenda. However, if this organization does not pay taxes, the taxpayers do underwrite it to some extent. At the very least, the agenda of the pregnancy centers should be clearly stated.

Ingrid Krause, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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