crisis-pregnancy-centers

“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. 

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Tomorrow, California will vote on a bill that would require crisis pregnancy centers to tell women the truth about their reproductive health options. One politician asked why a lawmaker cared so much about the bill, and her response is PERFECT.

Today there are as many as 4,000 CPCs in the United States, compared to the 2,000 clinics that provide abortion care.
—  Ziba Kashef, The Fetal Position, Mother Jones, January/February 2003 AND Lawrence B. Finer and Stanley K. Henshaw, Abortion Incidence and Services in the United States in 2000, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, “Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health,” 2003.

This sign seems harmless enough. But it’s part of a scheme by an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center (CPC) to trick women seeking abortion services. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose as legitimate reproductive health centers. They have a track record of outright lying to women and work to dissuade people from exercising the right to choose.

Here’s what happening: this particular CPC sits right next to a legitimate abortion clinic (called EMW). That’s one way they cause confusion. Check out the “parking permit” gimmick. That’s how the CPC is luring women to the parking lot and getting them to come inside for a parking permit. Once a woman goes into a CPC, an anti-choice volunteer may try to get the woman to miss her appointment or use shame or scare tactics to pressure the woman not to access abortion.

Sketchy and so wrong.

anonymous asked:

Can you tell me about the crisis pregnancy centers? I keep hearing that they are misleading...what's the deal?

Crisis Pregnancy Centers are set up to appear to be reputable womens’ health clinics, but they are actually Christian-based centers that exist solely to guilt women out of having abortions. They receive a lot of funding from the purchase of “Choose Life” license plates, even though they spread inaccurate and even dangerous misinformation.

Since they are often mistaken for abortion clinics, and have even been known to have themselves placed on lists of abortion providers, a lot of the people who unknowingly walk through their doors are seeking abortions. They are in a vulnerable state and the people at the CPCs take full advantage of that fact by doing everything in their power to deter them from making their choice. They have been known to spread all sorts of harmful lies; they claim that abortion causes breast cancer, abortion is always psychologically damaging, condoms are ineffective against STDs, taking birth control pills is the same as having an abortion, and abortions cause sterility, just to name a few.

They use deliberately emotionally charged language, graphic pamphlets and other forms of media filled with inaccurate information, and size models of fetuses that all look like newborn babies to shame women out of having abortions, and they are often receiving funding from their state in order to do this. CPCs are an unbelievable injustice and they cause all sorts of damage. In addition to manipulating women into making choices they may not be right for them, their lies about birth control actually lead to more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions. CPCs exist solely to hurt women and force Christian ideals and morals on people who may not necessarily agree with them.

If you can stomach watching people from these Crisis Pregnancy Centers mislead and shame women, you can listen to some audio clips from a counseling sessions by following the links on this page, and you can also see a CPC up close and in person by watching 12th and Delaware, a documentary about a CPC that strategically placed itself across the street from an abortion clinic. The documentary shows both sides of the issue in a relatively neutral light and leaves the viewers to draw conclusions for themselves, but anyone who cares about women will find it hard to sympathize with the cruel tactics used by the CPC. You can watch 12th and Delaware here.

It is undeniably wrong that these fake clinics are funded by the state, but Planned Parenthood, which offers factual and non-biased information about all aspect of reproductive health, is not. People with uteri deserve better than the shaming, lies, and manipulation that is propagated by Crisis Pregnancy Centers. This is why we need to usher in a culture of choice.

anonymous asked:

Don't be reductive. Yes, many pregnancy centers have been caught lying or hiding their MO. But there are also ones that are above-board, honest with the info they provide, and helpful. There's a busy one in my 'hood in a major pro-choice NE city that has helped many women & families who don't want an abortion but lack the resources to carry a pregnancy to term or raise a baby. They provide adoption help and hook hard-up parents up with practical resources and classes. Some really do good work.

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OH YOU RIGHT what the Bad Advisor definitely wants to do is to send a scared 15-year-old into a crisis pregnancy center that may or may not be a hellden of anti-science bullshit, rather than recommending they visit an actual medical establishment, accountable to actual institutional oversight, from which they can receive unbiased counseling.

The Bad Advisor just could not be more sorry that she may have offended some fuckers who are likely to make their clients go to bible study before they “earn” a fucking pack of diapers, or who actively deceive clients about the gestational age of a fetus in hopes of forcing them past the legal abortion deadline in their state. Please forgive the Bad Advisor for being so … reductive.

WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS?????????

operation: fuck “pregnancy crisis centers”

Pregnancy “crisis centers” are usually established and disguised as abortion clinics to trick pregnant women seeking abortion care into coming to their center and talking them out of getting an abortion.

These centers are providing women with inaccurate and completely false information about abortion and even birth control. The pro-life movement has capitalized on these establishments and are investing large amounts of money into them. These places also bring the anti-choice protesters you see/hear about harassing women outside abortion clinics. 

I unknowingly contacted and went to a center when I was looking to get an abortion and when I got there they told me they didn’t operate those kinds of procedures. They sat me down and gave me some brochures on how abortion is wrong and can kill you. I actually ran out of there and they continuously called  and harassed me for the next two weeks until I finally answered and told them I had an abortion anyways.

So what do we do if they advertise themselves as a clinic?

Google search the closest Pregnancy crisis center nearest you. Click on it so it will take you to it’s Google page where it’ll list it’s hours, contact info, etc. Now look underneath that and go to it’s reviews then type in “THIS IS NOT AN ABORTION CLINIC”. The reviews come up immediately after you click on its Google page, People WILL see this and realize that this center will not actually be of any help to them.

wdnska  asked:

i used to be one of those pro-life assholes and a lot of the time they thought that "crisis pregnancy centers" were the solution to everything... they usually offer free diapers, anger management classes (???), "ultrasounds" performed by people who have no idea how to read an ultrasound (no education requirement for it), and pamphlets about adoption and their ~options~ (adoption, misery, or "just close your legs next time!"). ugh.

wowwww well it’s good that you left that “movement!!” bunch of hypocritical idiots

  • 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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Sometimes I find crisis pregnancy center posters at my school, and when I’m feeling particularly feisty, sometimes I write back signs of my own.

I can’t think of something more disgusting than a fake clinic that preys on vulnerable individuals like crisis pregnancy centers do. And what better way to fight back then to provide actual resources to help those in that vulnerable position?

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Abortion is a safe, legal procedure that 3 in 10 women will have in their lifetime.
Using scare tactics and manipulation to make women feel unsafe, dirty, and mortified outside of a clinic is an act of violence.
Sidewalk counseling adds to the sigma following abortion that makes women feel unsafe to share their stories.

This photographic installation is part of a series of installations, performances, and demonstrations that focus on education and accessibility regarding the right to choose.

These photographs of women were printed on cotton, dyed red, covered with dirt, and hung up outside of a church that neighbors a crisis pregnancy center.

So on my way to visit my friend I saw a Pregnancy Crisis Center, and my initial reaction was “aawe that’s great” but I quickly remembered what they actually do there and it all changed to “OMG I NEED TO STOP AND MAKE SURE NO ONE GOES IN THERE.” and the only reason I know this is from tumblr.  So a big thanks to the tumblr community for spreading awareness of horrible places like those.  Uterus owners everywhere need to know that a pregnancy crisis center is NOT a planned parenthood or a place to go for vaginal/uterus health, and it will just scar you forever–mentally, physically, and every way.

cosmopolitan.com
"I Felt Set Up": Why More Women Seeking Abortions Are Ending Up at Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers
"Medical" pregnancy centers are starting to look more like abortion clinics, and some women feel misled.

“Last year I attended Heartbeat International’s annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina, where roughly 1,000 crisis pregnancy center staff and anti-abortion leaders gathered for training and networking. There, I heard movement leaders directly instruct pregnancy center workers to “compete with the abortion industry” by concealing their religiously motivated anti-contraception and anti-abortion mandates. Suggested tactics included operating multiple websites with different messaging, choosing pro-choice seeming names like “pregnancy options,” removing religious paraphernalia from waiting rooms, and advertising free medical services and counseling.



The day Alison came in for her appointment, knowing already that she wanted an abortion, Pregnancy Decision staff treated her very differently than when she’d arrived excited to be pregnant. A counselor, nurse, and ultrasound technician read Alison Bible passages, as she cried, and urged her to carry the pregnancy to term. She remembers the women saying, “Being a single mom is the toughest thing you can do, and you already did it. God won’t give you anything you can’t handle.”

“It was almost like bullying,” Alison says. “I felt set up. The name is Pregnancy Decision. I didn’t know they were against abortion. It was intimidating. They tried to make me feel extremely wrong, like I was sinning.”

Interfering with a woman’s right to to choice and her own bodily autonomy shouldn’t be such a widespread and manipulative problem. Learn to respect my reproductive rights, no matter your religious beliefs; they’re yours, not mine.

At the abortion clinic where I worked, I readily believed all of the misinformation fed to me about the “antis” holding those gory signs outside. I was told that pro-lifers cared nothing about women or families or children—only babies, and only unborn babies at that. I was told story after story about how this pro-life group or that crisis pregnancy center lied to women to “trick” them into staying pregnant and then would abandon them after the growing baby was beyond the legal limit for abortion. The most vivid (tall) tale I remember was of some unnamed group who extended financial assistance, prenatal care, and even drove a young mother to the hospital while she was in labor only to drop off a box of diapers the next day and refuse to return her calls after that….

This is pro-abortion propaganda.

Since coming over to the side of life, I have been thrilled to confirm that these stories are baseless lies. It is shocking to me that the pro-abortion side continues to propagate these blatant untruths in spite of real evidence to the contrary. The pro-life movement is peopled by honest, dedicated, generous, and often pious people. The pro-life movement includes individuals and families who adopt “unwanted” babies, “imperfect” babies, “disabled” babies and donate time, money, and energy to stopping abortion. …

Many crisis pregnancy centers don’t just do pregnancy tests but also offer relationship counseling, parenting workshops, family counseling, babysitting co-ops, post-abortion support, and much more—for FREE—and without hundreds of millions of dollars from American taxpayers.

—  Jewels Green, former abortion clinic worker

The following are a list of CPC’s (Crisis Pregnancy Centers) in Canada. This is a complete list as of December 19th, 2013 to my knowledge. These are centers you DO NOT WANT to visit if you are seeking abortion in Canada.

They will lie, manipulate and even attempt to blackmail you if you go into the center seeking abortion –even if you only ask about abortion as an option and haven’t made your mind up or are leaning towards something else anyways.

I have included their name and address so that people seeking abortions can avoid these places.

It’s under a read more to prevent editing or tampering by anyone against abortions.

If you have information on CPC’s not listed here or in provinces not listed here please send me a message so I can amend the list and add it in. I will always reblog this list if there has been an addition.

Keep reading

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Must watch. At minute 7 we meet a woman tricked into an appointment at a crisis pregnancy center, and it’s heartbreaking.