So I do pregnancy options counseling at my clinic, and I absolutely will refer patients who are continuing their pregnancies to the local pregnancy center for assistance (I also make it clear to the patient that it is a faith-based center in case that’s a deal breaker, but most patients are just grateful for the assistance that can be offered, honestly).
The pregnancy center, on the other hand, states right on their website that they do not “recommend or refer for abortions.”
So I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say that there’s only one of us who’s really looking out for the well-being and empowerment of our patients (it’s me, it’s definitely me, I’ll give myself all the credit for this, go me).
When your friend goes to a women’s clinic on FSU campus to get a free pregnancy test and they spend 45 minutes shoving religious anti choice selfish bullshit down her throat before even handing her the cup to pee in.
THIS IS NOT HEALTH CARE.
THIS CAN BE DAMAGING TO YOUNG WOMEN.
DO. NOT. MIX. GOD. WITH. MEDICINE.
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.
Breaking: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the National Institute for Family Life Advocates challenge to California’s disclosure requirements for crisis pregnancy centers.
The legal issues: Briefly, California imposes basic disclosures on crisis pregnancy centers. So-called centers purport to provide alternatives to abortion services, but are not licensed as medical facilities and usually do not employ anyone with advanced medical training. California requires these facilities to positively state that they don’t provide medical services, and to inform their clients that they have the right and opportunity to seek abortion and other child planning services. The latter part is important because CPC’s have a documented habit of pressuring women into avoiding an abortion, feeding expecting mothers dangerous medical information, and delaying care until an abortion is no longer available.
Why this Matters: The CPCs are arguing that medical disclosure requirements violate their First Amendment free speech rights. If it is true that a private nonprofit can masquerade as a medical provider, avoid licensing requirements, and then say whatever half-truths they want without consequence then most honest trade practices and merchandising laws are in jeopardy. A quack new-age health clinic could sell “herbal” remedies without having to disclose any lack of efficacy or warning. Such a doomsday scenario may be avoided given Justice Kennedy’s vote in Hellerstadt last year, but even entertaining the case should be deeply concerning for anyone who values sound medical policy and constitutional liberties.
Hey let me know when pro-choicers start creating non-profit facilities that offer free ultra-sounds, pregnancy tests, baby clothes, maternity clothes, diapers, wipes, cribs, job opportunities, financial support, and medical support, k? I’ll wait.
No, but seriously, y'all have the audacity to condemn, slander, and rip apart places that literally help women with crisis pregnancies FOR FREE??
One of my friends just found out she was pregnant - she’s single, makes minimum wage, she’s been on & off homeless for the past year or so. She’s the “perfect candidate” for the abortion industry. This is the type of situation the abortion industry preys upon and trust me she was considering it. She messaged me, told me her situation, and I told her about our local CPC and gave her their number (which she had no idea existed but knew about the closest PP which was 2 hrs away). Anyway, she went, they confirmed her pregnancy with a test & an ultra sound, she’s 10 wks and 5 days pregnant!!! They helped her apply for Medicaid, food stamps, they referred her to a center that helps people find jobs and acquire skills, they referred her to some churches, there’s one that will give her free food 2x a week, and another one that will give her toiletries (shampoo, soap, toilet paper, etc), on top of all that the CPC has a TON of baby furniture, baby clothes, maternity clothes, pretty much anything you could ever need for pregnancy & a baby all donated by the people in my town, they said she could come back and pick out whatever she wanted for her and her growing baby.
I’m so happy for her though! Without this place and all the wonderful opportunities and support they gave her she would have most likely chose an abortion but she didn’t. She wrote me back and said she has never felt more supported and uplifted and excited for the future than now! Now tell me, what abortion center, what planned parenthood would have done this for her? She gets to keep her baby and continue her pregnancy because of a CPC and if you despise that I just feel sorry for you.
Care-Net has been popping up like maggots all around the small towns I live in and around (I live in a very rural deep south area).
This is their logo:
AVOID THEM LADIES!
If you think you’re pregnant and not sure what to do, AVOID THEM! DO NOT GO TO THEM! They are a “crisis pregnancy center”. In simple terms, these are “pregnancy centers” that take advantage of vulnerable women who feed you BULLSHIT about abortion and lies about pregnancy and abortion. I have been to these centers before (before I did my research on them) and they will use whatever means necessary to make you feel guilty for getting an abortion.
Thankfully there’s laws beginning to go through our government to limit these bullshit centers (that will often have retired medical staff, not medical staff that actively have their license).
I’ve discussed crisis pregnancy centers often; if you’re not familiar with them, basically:
They market themselves as Planned Parenthood type facilities (in the days of phone books they were found under “abortion providers”) and lie to, manipulate, harass and abuse women until they choose “mommyhood” over “murder.” They claim they’ll help them if they’re in financial need. And they may give the woman some diapers or a stuffed animal or a onesie. But that’ll be it. Once they convince the person to stay pregnant, they wash their hands of her.
This is an excerpt from an amazing book that will give you a better sense of what I mean by that last bit:
Loving Choices also offers post-abortion counseling. I shudder to think what goes on there.
I’m all in favor of their donating gifts, but…this is the kind of place those donations are going to. These gifts will likely be the only help these women receive from this facility. Which, btw, have to be “earned” by the women in their program:
You will love this mentoring program if you choose to parent your child! Our Care Center is our longer-term service where you participate in the Earn While You Learn program, earning “Mommy Bucks” as you go. You can spend your “Mommy Bucks” at our “Mommy Boutique” on items for your pregnancy or for your baby such as baby clothes, diapers, maternity clothes, car seats, strollers and cribs.
The Care Center also facilitates group meetings with other women who are also experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Sharing with others in the same situation is often so helpful and comforting.
Members of Chicago’s feminist group FURIE protesting a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), which lures women in by posing as a medical center to then only discourage and scare them away from getting an abortion.
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.
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.
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?????????
“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.
I’m furious at tumblr rn because this ad is for what is called a “crisis pregnancy center.” If you have an unplanned pregnancy, this is NOT where you want to go.
Crisis pregnancy centers do not offer comprehensive sexual health services. They are often religious centers that shame women into keeping a pregnancy. They offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds and if you call ahead and ask if they offer abortions, they will not be clear with you, they will lead you to believe they do, they will lie to you.
Things to look out for as red flags for CPCs:
- free pregnancy testing
- free ultrasound - this one is huge!!! They want you to see the fetus and become emotionally attached to prevent you from choosing abortion. Which as we all know is emotionally manipulative and abusive.
- counseling on “all options” with no explicit mention of abortion
- the center website stating they have trained medical staff: this means they have staff that aren’t physicians or nurse practitioners; this staff will feed you lies like a common myth that abortions cause breast cancer. This is false.
-extremely gendered language and romanticisation of pregnancy
These people are NOT your friends, they are NOT here for you. They are here to shame you for having sex and shame you for wanting an abortion.
How to avoid these centers:
- look for the red flags above
- look at their reviews online!!! This center above had multiple reviews from people who were shamed and insulted by their staff.
- try to go to a Planned Parenthood instead
- or call a Planned Parenthood and ask about comprehensive sexual health service centers in your area
These people are monsters who take advantage of people whose emotions are running high and treat them like garbage. If you are freaking out about an unplanned pregnancy, do not go to these places. CPCs are everywhere, and if you know the telltale signs they’re obvious, but protect yourselves and protect your friends! Tell them what to look out for. Take care of yourselves yall.
This post is by no means comprehensive and I can add more to it later to help people out but it’s all I could do on mobile in the car. Feel free to send a message or ask me for more info. I’ll probably tag some pro choice blogs later.
OAKLAND, Calif. ― The city council here has tightened regulations around pregnancy clinics that try to fool prospective patients with advertisements falsely suggesting that they perform abortions.
The ordinance, passed last week, makes Oakland the second U.S. city to target advertising by so-called crisis pregnancy centers that mask an anti-abortion agenda, according to organizations promoting abortion rights. San Francisco passed a similar ordinance in 2011.
Some such clinics have used billboards and online ads to trick women into thinking that they perform abortions or offer other emergency contraceptive care, according to Amy Everitt, NARAL Pro-Choice California director. She said she’s troubled that searching Google for information about abortions in Oakland brings up results for nearby centers that don’t provide the service.
“When women are seeking reproductive health care, it is time-sensitive and urgent,” said Everitt. “When you put an entity or organization in the way that’s specifically targeting them to deceive them into wasting their time and delay them from accessing other care, what that creates for the women and families of California is a public harm.”
We deserve accurate and unbiased information to make our own health care decisions.
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.
The justices will hear an appeal brought by Christian-based non-profit facilities sometimes called “crisis pregnancy centers” of a lower court ruling that upheld the Democratic-backed 2015 California law. The challengers argue that the law, by forcing them to post the information, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
California argued that the Reproductive FACT Act, passed by a Democratic-led legislature and signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, is justified by its responsibility to regulate the healthcare industry and is needed to ensure that women know the state has programs providing abortions and birth control.
The law requires licensed healthcare facilities to post a notice saying that the state has programs for “immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services … prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.” For non-licensed medical facilities, an additional notice is required stating that the center “has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”
In today’s news: pro lifers are upset that there are laws saying that they can’t literally lie to pregnant people because telling people to not lie is “violating free speech.” color me shocked.
GUYS HELP. There’s a group called “Expose Fake Clinics” that is attacking crisis pregnancy resource centers by discrediting them and writing pretty nasty reviews on Google and Facebook, simply because they don’t offer abortions. These resource centers offer real help to women who have nowhere to turn. Abria Pregnancy Resource center in Minnesota is their latest target. Please please please consider hopping over to Google and helping to turn the tide by leaving a five star review. It only takes a minute.