Abortion advocates are planning their latest attack on pro-life pregnancy centers, but it isn't likely to have a lasting effect.
Next week those advocates are hoping to generate as many phone calls as possible to the pro-life facilities to jam their phone lines and limit legitimate public access to them. The anti-life callers – who are participating in a recent cultural phenomenon known as a "hackathon" – are expected to then post fake reviews on the clinics on Facebook, Yelp, and other rating services to dim the public image of the centers.
Vincent DiCaro of Care Net tells OneNewsNow he doesn't believe the campaign, in the end, will be anything to brag about.
"I think these campaigns inevitably fizzle out," DiCaro says, "because regular people know the truth about pregnancy centers, which is that they're wonderful resources in communities that actually help real people."
As evidence, the pro-life centers have about a 97-percent client satisfaction rating over the last three years, during which Care Net has collected data. As far as negative reviews against the centers posted by abortion proponents, DiCaro offers his own assessment.
"If pregnancy centers really were bad," he says, "and they've had tens or even hundreds of thousands of clients over the last several years – wouldn't there already be negative reviews online about pregnancy centers? So the very fact that you have to go online to post fake negative reviews reveals how fraudulent this whole campaign is."
The website Abortion Access Hackathon describes the effort as "basically a weekend of creativity" in which "experts in one field (usually tech) come together for a weekend of building, coding, and designing to solve a problem." The group states it is "worried abortion access will become increasingly scarce" – thus, the hackathon.
If women needing help find phone lines to the pro-life centers tied up, DiCaro encourages them to visit the centers or their websites until the phone lines stop sizzling.