In the most recent two editions of The Times-Delphic I have noticed an advertisement for the AGAPE Pregnancy Center here in Des Moines. I am concerned about this organization because they are known to be what is termed a “crisis pregnancy center.” Crisis pregnancy centers are largely fronts for anti-choice, anti-abortion organizations and they are known for providing misleading information to young women who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy. While their ads lead women to believe they offer free services, they do not offer comprehensive reproductive information. I find it deeply troubling and problematic that The Times-Delphic is taking advertising money from these deceptive and harmful organizations. At the very least, if you must take its money, publish a disclaimer next to the ad so young women won’t be fooled into thinking they can get free health care, when what they get is propaganda and harmful lies.
Associate professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies