You had to know when John Oliver got a hold of a subject like a crisis pregnancy center that he’d be showing just how predatory and unqualified they really are. ‘Jelly on the belly’ is about one of the worst marketing details you could think of to push a clinic, not to mention the fact that these clinics are basically pushing an agenda that’s all their own and aren’t about to give another option. Oliver goes right after the clinics and doesn’t blink, pushing forth a few facts and bits of data that are easy to argue against but still don’t seem to top the issue that women are being asked to risk their health by these clinics.
One of the most heinous acts to actually be detailed in this clip is that some clinics will actually operate under the illusion that they do perform abortions. While this is a hot topic and can lead to a lot of arguments the act of allowing women to think that this might be a function they provide only to later on reveal that it’s not is very suspect. There are so many arguments as to why a woman shouldn’t have an abortion that those arguing that it’s her choice tend to get drowned out beneath the din of self-righteousness and hellfire and brimstone speeches that are constantly heard throughout the world. The only real time that it seems okay to have an abortion to some people is never, but there instances in which the woman should be given the choice, particularly when it comes down to her health and whether she would be able to bring the baby to term successfully. If there’s a possibility that bringing the pregnancy to term would be fatal to both the baby and the mother there are many other options, but abortion is unfortunately one of them that might need to considered for the health of the woman. It’s not an easy decision to make, it never is for anyone, but it’s something that needs to be considered at times.
But deceiving women to get them in their doors by misleading them is simply wrong on so many levels. It’s obviously not illegal as they might be shut down and CPC’s could be a thing of the past very quickly. But there have even been methods used to get women in their doors by not telling them as much as possible and claiming that they need them to come in to discuss the matter. Likening CPC’s to the Wizard of Oz though was a work of genius, just as Oliver seems to be so good at. His rhetoric isn’t loved by everyone but it makes a lot of sense considering that CPC’s and even their luxury vans are basically attempting to change the minds of women that are already convinced, of their own accord, by doing and saying anything that sounds good to the woman in the moment.
Coercing people into not having an abortion is not allowing free will, it’s basically telling people what they must do, and that’s not freedom.