In apparent retaliation for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's statements critical of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party has launched an attack on crisis pregnancy centers. A blog post on Democrats.org said that crisis pregnancy centers "have zero understanding of what women’s health care is." The criticism of the centers was not simply incidental to the attack on Bush; the Democrats devote an entire paragraph to undermining the credibility of pro-life groups that seek to offer pregnant women alternatives to abortion:
Crisis pregnancy centers aren’t exactly known as providers of trusted, quality healthcare. Instead, these centers have the troubling reputation of providing misleading information to women when they face an unplanned pregnancy. Instead of providing compassionate care and accurate information about the right to choose, they’re known for trying to shame and blame women for their reproductive choices, all while making inaccurate assertions about abortion, even claiming it can lead to cancer, and infertility.
Kaylie Hanson, the DNC's Director of Women’s Media, continues the attack later in the post [emphasis added]:
We know Jeb Bush is having a tough time understanding what exactly women’s health care is, and now we know why: because he’s found ‘inspiration’ from crisis pregnancy centers – organizations with a reputation of providing false and misleading information about women’s health. Instead of counseling with and supporting crisis pregnancy centers that shame and blame women and their families for their reproductive choices, maybe Jeb Bush should crack open a biology textbook.
Planned Parenthood has come under increasing pressure recently due to the secretly recorded videos exposing the organization's links to the "fetal tissue" market. The Democratic party and Planned Parenthood have been closely aligned for years, and Democrats have introduced legislation in the past to try to limit the activities of crisis pregnancy centers. However, based on a search of the party's website, this appears to be the first direct assault on crisis pregnancy centers by Democratic party leadership in the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.