Crisis Pregnancy Centers: More Tools in the Forced Breeding Agenda's Arsenal
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: More Tools in the Anti-Choice Arsenal
According to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a 17-year-old girl mistakenly walked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" (CPC) thinking it was a Planned Parenthood clinic, which was located next door. The "clinic" took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which would be in their "other" office, the real Planned Parenthood office.
When she showed up for her nonexistent appointment, she was met by the police, who had been erroneously tipped that a minor was being forced to undergo an abortion. The CPC staff continued their harassment by staking out the girl's house, phoning her father at work, and even telling her classmates about her pregnancy, urging them to harass her.
According to the Feminist Women's Health Center, anti-abortion groups have set up crisis pregnancy centers throughout the United States. They are often located near high schools or legitimate reproductive health clinics, following a format suggested by the Pearson Foundation in its manual How to Start and Operate Your Own ProLife Outreach Crisis Pregnancy Center. Nearly all of these centers are operated by churches or religious organizations.
Going by such names as Crisis Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Aid, Birth Right, Open Door or Pregnancy Counseling Center, these "clinics" are listed in the yellow pages under abortion alternatives, clinics, medical services, or family planning although they do not provide abortions. Most offer free pregnancy tests, pregnancy "counseling" and/or ultrasounds to lure desperate or confused women
According to the Feminist Women's Health Center, most CPCs will insist the woman come to their facility to obtain information and take a pregnancy test when contacted by phone. Women have reported being forced to watch grossly deceptive antiabortion videos and being bombarded with anti-choice propaganda while waiting up to an hour for their results. Some women have been denied the results of their pregnancy test when they say they want an abortion or that they need the test result to apply for medical assistance.
Crisis pregnancy centers can be not only psychologically damaging but physically dangerous. Blue Carreker, vice president of public affairs and marketing for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, told the Institute for Humanist Studies that CPCs are staffed solely by volunteers yet take confidential patient information. Not being accountable to a professional medical organization, they can then use this information to wreak havoc with a patient's life.
Even more troubling is that CPCs purport to provide sensitive medical information and care. They refuse or fail to provide contraceptive information, telling unmarried women that abstinence is the only way to avoid pregnancy. They provide blatantly false information that abortion leads to great psychological and physical harm.
More and more CPCs are performing ultrasounds without the aid of a medical professional, which could lead to misinterpretation of vital patient data. Patients who believe that they have received sound medical care may not go elsewhere for prenatal care.
Many crisis pregnancy centers are funded by U.S. tax dollars. Because of the Bush Administration's emphasis on abstinence-only educational programs, there is growing legislative support to direct taxpayer money towards CPCs and away from clinics that provide actual reproductive services to low-income women. Money is also raised in several states through the sale of "Choose Life" license plates. According to Planned Parenthood, there are currently six CPCs in the U.S. for every legitimate clinic that provides abortions.
Carreker believes that CPCs have every right to exist but argues against their deceptive practices and abuse of confidential patient information. Although Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently introduced the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services (SDAWS) Act, which would apply truth-in-advertising standards to CPCs, Carreker believes that passage of SDAWS is a low priority in the legislature. One hopes that disseminating the truth regarding deceptive and harmful crisis pregnancy centers will alert women to their existence so that they can avoid misguided interference in their reproductive health care and decisions.
Once again for the slow group - the Forced Breeding Agenda aka "Pro-life" is nothing more than religious asshats LYING, MISLEADING and ENDANGERING women who seek help. So much for the religious being moral. It's nothing more than "fuck you, slut, you deserve to give birth as punishment because non-existant humans are more important than your slutty ass. But Jesus loves you. Unless you have that abortion."
For secularists who are pro-life, I ask you, does this make you happy? Are these the sorts of people you're proud to have on your side?