Pregnancy centers sue state for false statements in 'consumer alert'

April 22, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Pregnancy centers in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against the state for the "false and inaccurate" statements made a few months ago in a "Consumer Alert."

Officials with have confirmed that the alert from the state attorney general "unfairly tarnishes their reputation and disregards the valuable services the centers offer at no charge to thousands of women and their families each year."

The "Consumer Alert" claimed that the centers are misleading consumers and misrepresenting how they operate.

The scheme is just one among many that pro-abortion activists have launched in recent months against pro-life centers, in the wake of the Dobbs decision that now is allowing states to regulate the profitable abortion industry again.

The pro-abortion claims are that pro-life centers advertise "abortion" and then redirect women to other options that do not involve killing the unborn child.

The rhetoric has been accompanied by active physical violence, vandalism, and arson, against the pro-life centers.

The lawsuit against the state demands copies of documentation for the statements made by the state.

The NIFLA report noted, "Immediately after the Alert was issued, Eileen S. Den Bleyker, Esq., an attorney representing the consortium, requested copies of the documents supporting the Consumer Alert’s claims under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law, and continued to pursue these records for over four months."

However, the state provided "no documentation," the report said.

"Due to the state’s denial of access to records, on February 27, 2023, on behalf of the Consortium and herself, Den Bleyker filed a Verified Complaint and Order to Show Cause requesting the records custodians be compelled to search for and produce the requested records. The complaint remains pending, and a hearing is scheduled on April 25, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Mercer County, Docket No. L-394-23."

"I believe the Consumer Alert is a misinformed and unwarranted assault on the charitable work these nonprofit organizations have provided to women and families in our community for more than 30 years," explained Bleyker.

"To date, the state has failed to produce any complaints against pregnancy centers that led to the issuance of the Alert nor any documentation that pregnancy centers in New Jersey are operating with anything less than best practices. Yet, the Consumer Alert suggests otherwise, with speculative accusations."

He continued, "I do not believe there are any problems in how pregnancy centers operate in New Jersey. If the Attorney General or Division of Consumer Affairs has identified even one isolated problem, then the Consortium wants to know what and where it is, so that we can address it. If there is no documentation, then I question the purpose of issuing an Alert at all; especially since its effect is to undermine the legitimacy and work of pregnancy centers who are defined in the Alert based on their viewpoint."

The consortium in New Jersey is a group of "life-affirming, non-profit organizations providing women facing unexpected pregnancies with free consultations, medical confirmation of pregnancy, and parenting preparation with material aid."

They have provided services and support valued at more than $3 million, including $2 million in services from licensed medical professionals.

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