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Md. Clinic Promotes Abortion Services with ‘Spa Amenities’

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | April 2, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT

The abortion industry is sinking to a new low in its bid to abort more unborn children in Maryland.

In a glowing profile in the Washington Post announcing its opening during the Christian Holy Week, the article states: “Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: ‘Abortion. Yeah, we do that.’”

The clinic will offer “pill-abortions” for women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant, according to the Post.

The caption under a flattering portrait of the man and woman in charge of the clinic – Melissa Grant, vice president of health services and Christopher Purdy, president and chief executive – boasts about what the woman will “experience” when they get an abortion.

“Carafem is a new abortion-pill clinic in Montgomery County that promises a ‘spa-like’ experience for women with a open and unabashed approach to pregnancy termination,” the caption gushes.

The Post article asserts that the success of the pro-life movement to protect the unborn and women from abortion is being countered by clinics like this one and its “unabashed” advertising.

“The advertising reflects its unabashed approach — and a new push to de-stigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically,” the Post article states. “Plagued by political setbacks in recent years, abortion rights activists are seeking to normalize abortion, to put a human face on the women getting the procedure and, in some cases, even putting a positive spin on it.”

That “spin” in Maryland includes “warm teas” and “comfortable robes.”

“We don’t want to talk in hushed tones,” Purdy told the Post. “We use the A-word.”

The headline of the article aims to get the pro-abortion message out: “New Spa-Like Abortion Clinic is Part of a Trend to De-Stigmatize the Procedure.”

“The campaign comes as the abortion rights movement is struggling politically,” the article states. “Since 2010, states have enacted more than 200 laws restricting the procedure, and dozens of clinics have closed their doors,” the Post reports. “Groups on both sides agree that antiabortion activists have the momentum, with a simpler message — ‘abortion kills’ — and a gut-level emotional appeal.”

Indeed, and fluffy robes and herbal tea cannot disguise the fact that when a pregnant woman takes a pill at this clinic the life inside her will die.

“Abortion is not pleasant,” Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life told the Post when asked about Carafem. “And trying to put pretty wrappings around the procedure isn’t going to make any difference.”


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