A University of Pennsylvania doctor appeared to compare crisis pregnancy centers to “terrorists” during a Friday hearing, accusing these pro-life centers of harming and targeting mothers.

Courtney Schreiber, chief of the Division of Family Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine, spoke Friday at the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on “Deceptive Practices of Anti-Abortion Centers II.”

Schreiber repeatedly criticized pro-life crisis pregnancy centers without mentioning that scores of these pro-life organizations have been vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti, attacked, or firebombed since the May leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned.

She also expressed concerns that pro-life groups are nefariously using private data that they collect from the pregnant women who come to their organizations.


Apparently comparing crisis pregnancy centers to terrorists, she asked, “Who knows what they are doing with that information, if they may be selling it, if they may be making data available to other terrorists or activists that can cause harm to patients or the providers to whom they actually wind up going to eventually to seek care.” 

Schreiber and Penn Medicine did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Signal asking if the doctor stood by these remarks.