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“A Woman’s Choice” is the CPC right next to EMW (the abortion clinic) in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Their name implies that they are “pro-choice”

They use the name of the actual abortion clinic in their parking signs to fool clients into thinking that they are with EMW. 

This is all to confuse patients into parking in their lot and to get them inside their doors.  Their they will attempt to delay them until they miss their appointment. 

All of this is perfectly legal. 

The CPC parking lot volunteer, a guy we have named “O’Reilly”, gets so ANGRY when I give people who clearly tell me they are going to EMW correct information. 

Today there was a client who pulled up in her car to talk to me.  O’Reilly came up directly behind me. 

Me- “Hi, I’m a volunteer with EMW.  Are you going to EMW today?”

Client - “Yes”

Me- “OK (gives client parking directions)” 

O’Reilly- *over my shoulder* “you can park here (the CPC) for free…”

Me - “He is not with the clinic nor is this facility with the clinic.”

Client - “But the sign says…”

Me - “Yeah, they aren’t with the clinic or associated with the clinic at all….” 

O’Reilly - “You don’t have to listen to her, I work here” 

Me - “Well, again, I’m a volunteer with EMW.  He is not a volunteer with EMW.  If you want to go to EMW, I would suggest you park either…*gives places to park for clients again*” 

Client - “Oh, that is very confusing” 

Me - “Yeah, tell me about it.  They want to you to be confused” 

By this point O’Reilly was so mad he walked away. 

The client got parked and got into the clinic. 

IF YOU ARE ACCESS ABORTION CARE, BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE PLACES, TYPICALLY RIGHT NEXT TO ABORTION CLINICS THAT ARE TRYING TO TRICK YOU INTO BELIEVING THAT THEY ARE A CLINIC.  THEY WANT YOU TO THINK THEY ARE AN ABORTION CLINIC. 

THEY ARE NOT CLINICS. 

Keep an eye out for escorts to tell you where to park.  Don’t be fooled by these people.  Their whole purpose is to try to trick you.

It still boggles my mind that the CPC dude got mad that I told this person accurate information.  

THEIR WHOLE POINT IS TO LIE AND TO FOOL. 

I’ve said it before and will say it again

All of these weird anti-choice tactics (crisis pregnancy centers making a client miss an appointment because the client went to the wrong place or a sidewalk counselor causing someone to break their fast and they can’t have the procedure that day) backfire. 

Mainly, because people don’t like being lied to.  People don’t like being tricked, fooled, deceived, etc. 

Clients 9 out of 10 times WILL reschedule and will come back to have the abortion, and they are WAY more resolved to do so. 

We won’t get fooled again. 

If the future of the Conservative Party of Canada is either Kevin O’Leary, Kellie Leitch or Brad Trost, the future of that party will be akin to the tea party movement in the USA.

All of these candidates have bigoted platforms.

Kellie Leitch wants to screen every visitor, immigrant and refugee to Canada for ‘Canadian Values’ (and have immigrants pay for it); she has celebrated Donald Trump’s win. She’s also anti-abortion. Previously in government she was behind the xenophobic barbaric cultural practices hotline, and wanted to strip healthcare from refugees.

Brad Trost is anti-abortion, is a huge transphobe (he’s posted warning about transgender people using bathrooms) and wants to ban same sex marriage. He’s a climate changer denier. Brad Trost has supported sexist chants of ‘lock her up’ towards Alberta’s premier, Rachel Notley.

Kevin O’Leary has a slew of terrible, almost Donald Trump like ideas such as: Banning unions, and jailing anyone who remains in a union, selling seats in the Canadian Senate and massively cutting spending in the Canadian government (goodbye social security). Kevin O’Leary wants to run the Canadian government as a business, which is terrible for so many reasons.

All 3 of these candidates are running to lead one of Canada’s major political parties. To date only a member from the Liberal Party or a Conservative party has been elected as PM in this country.

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

“Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund.”

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

“Hello?” I said again. “This is Dr. Wicklund.”

“Hello,” very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

“I need help with a patient,” I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free.“

"What do you expect us to do?”

I let that hang for a minute.

— 

This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

“He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this],” she says. “Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion.”

  • Planned Parenthood: We offer breast exams and can give referrals for mammograms and further treatment as a part of our many different services.
  • Pro-lifers: PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOESN'T PROVIDE MAMMOGRAMS! THEY LIE ABOUT THEIR SERVICES! THEY AREN'T HERE TO HELP ANYONE!
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers: We're going to be extremely deceptive and secretive about the services we offer so we can lure in people who are considering abortion and shove lies and misinformation in their faces to see if we can upset them and twist their views until we trick them into choosing what we want!
  • Pro-lifers: Crisis Pregnancy Centers are such wonderful organizations that exist only to do good and help people :)
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I know, I know. Elbowgate is over and done with, but I’ve been struggling to finish this one for a while now due to health issues. I started drawing it early on when it was a big deal but only finished it recently (was on vacation just leaving Ottawa the day it happened in Parliament, actually).

On May 18, 2016, in an attempt to delay a vote in the House of Commons, NDP MPs stood around trying to block the Conservative whip from sitting down. Many MPs thought that both the government and opposition whips had to sit down before a vote could begin, but later, after the incident, was revealed that only the government whip needed to sit before voting could proceed. 

Seeing the opposition whip struggling to get to his seat, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got out of his seat, strode across the floor, and attempted to help Conservative whip, Gord Brown, through the NDP barricade. In the process of doing so, his elbow made contact with NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s chest. Opposition MPs were furious, calling the incident assault, physical molestation, and manhandling. After many, many apologies from Trudeau, Ruth Ellen Brosseau eventually accepted his apologies and the matter was settled.

What Happened

One of Trudeau’s Many Apologies

Full Explanation of Incident

“Coalition governments are just a cheap tactic to make weak political parties stronger!”

[image description: a screenshot of Jasper from Steven Universe with Stephen Harper’s head Photoshopped onto her body. End description.]