How Abortion Opponents Secretly Bought a Va. Abortion Clinic to Deceive Women

This list is an excerpt from a column by Petula Dvorak. Read the full piece here: http://wapo.st/1QfRfca
  1. Pat Lohman’s most powerful weapon in her long war on abortion has been deception.
  2. She operates Manassas crisis pregnancy center right next door to one of Northern Virginia’s few abortion clinics.
  3. Same brick building, same sign, same generic office decor.
    The abortion clinic, Amethyst Health Center for Women, was on the right. The pregnancy center, A-A-A Women for Choice, is on the left.
  4. Confused women seeking abortions would wind up in Lohman’s place, where she threw all she had at them — pamphlets, pleas, prayers, promises of help, used baby gear, bloody imagery, God — to change their minds.
  5. “Deceptive? People say we’re deceptive? Okay,” Lohman told me. “But what the other guys are doing? That’s deceptive, too. Those girls have no idea what abortion really is. When I hear ‘pro-choice,’ that is a deception. And this country has forgotten about God.”
  6. Here's the kicker: Amethyst Health Center for Women (the abortion clinic) closed several months ago.
    That’s when Lohman and her supporters swooped in, orchestrating their grandest deception yet.
  7. When women dial the closed abortion clinic, the call is forwarded straight to the pregnancy center.
    Everything remains in place to lure women to the clinic and hope they try the door, figure they made a mistake, then go right next door to the carefully named A-A-A Women for Choice.
  8. The woman who ran the abortion clinic for 27 years chose not to reveal her name, but that she sold her practice when she retired.
    She never met the new owners, only the lawyers who said they represented a group of medical office investors. The investors also bought a dialysis office in the same, unremarkable medical office park, they told her.
  9. Whoever bought her practice had the phones forwarded to the pregnancy center within minutes of the sale, before the lawyers even had a chance to close their briefcases.
  10. According to property records, the new owners bought the place for $360,000 on Sept. 29, 2015.
    It now belongs to BVM Foundation — the Indiana-based Blessed Virgin Mary Foundation.
  11. What happens when women do make the appointment or walk into Lohman’s office, with its signs advertising free pregnancy tests?
  12. The counselors there give women a generic over-the-counter test and lead them into an exam room.
  13. While waiting for the results, there is a questionnaire asking women intimate details about their sex lives.
  14. They tell women that condoms can be porous and unreliable.
  15. They tell women they’ll have a hard time getting pregnant again after an abortion.
  16. They tell women that abortion and birth control can cause cancer, a link unconfirmed by medical research.
  17. Abortion opponents have been using some of these tactics for years, as Planned Parenthood could tell you.
    Abortion clinics across the country are shadowed by crisis pregnancy centers.
  18. Read the full piece by Petula Dvorak here: http://wapo.st/1QfRfca