Impeding the Right to Choose: Crisis Pregnancy Centers

From the Abortion Access Project:

With help from both state and federal governments, anti-choice activists have developed another obstacle for women seeking safe, professional abortions: Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) advertise themselves as women’s health clinics in order to attract pregnant women. They deliberately call themselves by misleading names like A Woman’s Concern or The Women’s Resource Center, and list themselves in the phonebook under headings such as ‘Abortion Services’ and ‘Birth-control Information Centers.’ Their propaganda and advertisements contain seemingly neutral statements like “Thinking about Abortion? Call us. Free Pregnancy Test.”

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How to locate counseling centers that offer information on ALL of your options

  • Choose well-known, reputable clinics
  • Choose clinics that offer a complete range of contraceptive options
  • Ask over the phone if the clinic provides abortions or abortion referrals; avoid clinics that do not give straightforward answers to your questions
  • Select clinics that have, or are supervised by, physicians, nurse practitioners, or other licensed health practitioners
  • For legitimate abortion referrals, call the National Abortion Federation Hotline: 1-800-772-9100 or Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-PLAN

From The Abortion Access Project

“Obviously, we’re fighting Satan … “

This from Robert Pearson, the author of the Pearson Foundation manual (“How to Start and Operate Your Own Pro-Life Outreach Crisis Pregnancy Center”).  Following is how he fights Satan, who in this case happens to be a woman who is seeking pregnancy counseling:

A killer, who in this case is the girl who wants to kill her baby, has no right to information that will help her kill her baby.  Therefore, when she calls and says, “Do you do abortions?”, we do not tell her no.

Pearson’s manual further instructs Pro-Life Crisis Pregnancy Center staff:

There is nothing wrong or dishonest if you don’t want to answer a question that may reveal your pro-life position by changing the caller’s train of thought by asking a question in return.

In California, false clinics are required by law to disclose over the telephone to each caller that they do not perform abortions or give abortion referrals, birth control or birth control referrals, or written pregnancy verifications, and further that their counseling is by volunteers and from a Biblical “anti-abortion perspective.”  Not in Montana.

Meeting – October 31st

Our first meeting will be held on Friday, October 31st at 1:00 p.m. in LRC135.  We will be electing officers and getting this great group off the ground – we have some very important paperwork to cover regarding our recognition from the College, and we need you all to be there.  If you want to come but can’t make it due to scheduling, please send me an e-mail so I can still add you to the members list.  It will be a good opportunity for us to get acquainted, and for you to meet with our wonderful advisors, Christy and Galen.  We have big plans for this year, but we need your help!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I hope to see you all at the meeting tomorrow!

Success!

We had our first table today in Blake Hall, and it was a wild success! We were able to gain 10 new members, and have gained an amazing amount of visibility within the campus community.

Special thanks to Sarah, Roger, Kelci, Kelly and Mervin for all their help. Don’t forget to join us at the meeting tomorrow!

Beating the horse

Eek, the election is in less than a week!  Are you ready?  Here’s a little more info on some NARAL-supported Montana candidates who haven’t gotten much press on our blog yet.  Have you even thought about the state auditor?

Steve Bullock, Attorney General

Steve Bullock has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Montana PAC
because of his strong support for Montana’s constitutionally protected
right to privacy. Bullock’s opponent does not support access to
abortion care, even in cases of rape or incest. (Montana Family
Action survey).

Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Denise is a strong supporter of medically accurate, age appropriate
sex education, and, if elected, will work to ensure that our young
people have the information they need to protect themselves from
unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Monica Lindeen, State Auditor

Monica Lindeen has a lifetime 100% voting record with NARAL Pro-Choice
Montana in the state legislature. Her opponent recently released a
plan for the Auditor’s office that includes stripping consumer
protections in insurance plans by eliminating mandates that only
“some” consumers want. (Billings Gazette, 9/24/08, Grimes proposes
insurance plan) In Montana, insurance plans must cover birth control,
mammograms, and maternity care. Insurance companies often consider
women’s health care needs as “extra,” so these protections are
important. Monica knows how important it is for women to have access
to affordable reproductive health care, including birth control.

Learn more about Lindeen’s opponent’s attempt to strip consumer protections in insurance plans:
http://action.prochoiceamerica.org/site/R?i=CsnAvQ8nWuLxoJpmUuNGfA..

Linda McCulloch, Secretary of State

Linda McCulloch earned a 100% voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice
Montana when she served in the Montana legislature and was also
endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Montana PAC in her successful races for
Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is a long-time member and
supporter of reproductive rights.

Mike McGrath, Chief Justice, Montana Supreme Court

Mike McGrath is a strong supporter of Montana’s constitutional right
to privacy. As Attorney General, Mike issued a formal opinion
requiring health insurance companies to include birth control in their
prescription drug coverage. Mike was first elected Montana’s Attorney
General in 2000 and ran unopposed for his second term in 2004.

Iranian-American student arrested while conducting research on women’s rights in Iran

Iranian-American Esha Momeni, a graduate student of California State University, is being detained in Iran for her part in the One-Million-Signature campaign, which calls for changes to laws deemed discriminatory towards Iranian women. She was in Iran to carry out research for her graduate thesis on women’s rights.

Ms. Momeni was arrested for a traffic violation, detained for her activities in the women’s campaign, and remains in custody in Iran’s Evin prison. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, and calls Ms. Momeni’s arrest “an internal matter.”

Read more here.