Georgia officials call on university to take action on website identifying pregnancy centers

Representatives Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) on Friday sent a letter to the head of the University of Georgia, urging him to ensure that university resources are not used to “target pregnancy centers in times of crisis”.

Driving the news: The letter comes after FoxNews published an article saying that “far left radicals” had used a map created by UGA professors in 2018 containing the addresses of crisis pregnancy centers across the country.

  • Following the publication of the article, university students were told to be “more aware of [their] surroundings”, according to the university student newspaper.
  • Some UGA staff have received “threatening calls and emails” because of the article, Dean Marsha Davis of the University of Georgia College of Public Health said in an email. according to the student newspaper.

What they say : “While this academic project may seem rooted in innocence, providing the address data gathered from these pregnancy centers in crisis makes it unquestionably open to abuse. It is disappointing that the state’s flagship university allows resources funded by taxpayers to provide this sensitive information to extremist organizations that actively target crisis pregnancy centers,” Clyde said in a statement. statement.

  • “The unbalanced left will stop at nothing to root out anything – or anyone – who opposes its radical pro-abortion agenda. And sadly, University of Georgia resources are being used by radical organizations to identify their next targets. The professors’ project is reckless and irresponsible. The University must take swift action to cut all ties with it,” Hice said.

The context: Crisis pregnancy centers are organizations that resemble abortion clinics and aim to persuade pregnant women not to have the procedure.

Between the lines: Before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion rights groups issued a statement saying they reject all threats of violence, adding that “[t]Hey, don’t speak for us, our supporters, our communities or our movement.”

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