Less than 24 hours after Senator John McCain told Republicans should lay off the subject of abortion, his home state launched its "A Woman's Right to Know" website — a site loaded with misinformation that appears specifically designed to steer women away from their abortions.
This new subsection of the Arizona Department of Health Services' website comes with enough catchy names and objective-seeming nuggets of health advice to remind some of Crisis Pregnancy Centers work, which appear to offer a haven for legal, safe abortions but actually provide no such thingy, as Jezebel has shown in haunting detail. The "Woman's Right to Know" site, like CPCs, could come up in Internet and government searches related to abortion, but a deeper look at the government site reveals it to be inundated with information trying to women out of it.
"The website was implemented as part of Arizona’s H.B. 2036, an aggressive anti-abortion law passed this year that mandates invasive ultrasounds and bans abortion after 20 weeks (based on medically dubious claims of “fetal pain”)," writes Salon's Katie McDonough. State Rep. Kimberly Yee isn't being obscure about the site's intention, telling the Arizona Daily Sun's Howard Fischer that she believes it will convince at least some women seeking abortions to have second thoughts.