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.