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re: anti-choice prop, when i volunteered at planned parenthood, someone/some people once left little brochures condemning plan b and lying about fetal development with inaccurate pictures. another time, some group put (glued?) teddy bears with "i wanted to be (x profession)" all over the building, creating a big mess that the manager and nurses had to clean up. there was also a faint ghosting of where i assume someone spray painted "GOD SEES" on the front of the clinic. right before i (cont)

stopped volunteering for unrelated reasons, an anti-choice group opened a cpc literally right behind the clinic using its subtitle (“women’s clinic” or something) with the clear intention of luring abortion patients there and away from the real clinic.

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Also, in regards to CPCs, you still have to go through a pregnancy. You could lose your job, ruin your body, have to deal with non-life-threatening medical costs, have to buy new clothes, buy vitamin pills and all that stuff... There's a bigger price than just 9 months. So, while a pregnancy might not outright kill someone, it could ruin and destroy the life they have by ruining job opportunities and so on. No one wants to hire someone that will have a baby in two months.

Exactly. Adoption is an alternative to parenthood, but not pregnancy. Some schools expel students who get pregnant, for that matter. The system is not okay, and “pro-lifers” are only making it worse.

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No one is forcing you to go get a back ally abortion. No one is saying that it’s your only option; Crisis pregnancy centers help real women through pregnancy. They provide for them the CHOICE of keeping the child or putting the baby up for adoption, They even find families that are interested and interview them and allow the mother CHOOSE which family they want the child to go to. There are more options out there than abortion, stop being arrogant and explore them.

Except CPCs lie and emotionally terrorize the poor people tricked into going there because they think are legitimate abortion clinics, you douche.

If you make abortion illegal, you ARE forcing people to get illegal abortions instead of safe, legal ones. You do know that 70,000 people die and millions are injured every year because of illegal abortions worldwide, right? Making abortion illegal does not change abortion rates; it simply kills people, which is kinda the opposite of “pro-life.”

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Jesus Camp fucking creeped me out like...holy shit. Is 12th and Delaware just as bad/worse? (Would like to know if my brain will explode again like it did during Jesus Camp, haha.)

Jesus Camp made me cry at some points. Making children speak in tongues? That’s fucking scary, man.

12th and Delaware is less creepy, I guess, but it does go into all those lies they tell you at Crisis Pregnancy Centers. There’s also a part where they talk to and record bits with the actual doctor at the real clinic across the street. There are parts where the CPC workers confess to lying but think it’s for the greater good somehow.

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What was that movie that you said was like an abortion version of Jesus Camp? at least I think this blog mentioned it...

12th and Delaware. It’s made by the same directors.

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For the anon that asked about crisis pregnancy centres - google 'the stranger six pregnancy tests' (stupid Tumblr won't let me link). It's my favourite article/investigation into CPCs.

Ooh, never heard of that one. Thanks.

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what's bad about crisis pregnancy centers? I'm not being a smartass or anything I just really don't know anything about them.

They lie and emotionally terrorize pregnant people. They pose as a women’s* health center for people seeking abortions, and then they emotionally terrorize them into not having one. They greatly outnumber actual women’s health centers in the US, and often place themselves purposefully near actual women’s health centers and lure people away from them.

There’s a great movie called 12th and Delaware that shows everything they do in great detail. I highly recommend it if you want to learn more. (It’s also by the same people who did Jesus Camp, which is probably even more horrifying in its own right.)

(*I know they’re not just for self-identifying cis women, but that’s just what they’re called, unfortunately.)

Edit: Oh, they also get federal taxpayer funds. For their bullshit which is very often Christian-oriented and based on conversion. Oh yeah, that’s constitutional.

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The Anti-Choice Plot to Lure Desperate Women to Christian Pregnancy Centers | Gender | AlterNet


There are between 2,500 and 4,000 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) operating in the US, all devoted to preventing the women who walk through their doors from getting abortions (meanwhile fewer than 2,000 clinics offer abortion). Some of these anti-abortion centers are part of massive evangelical Christian ministries, some are standalones, and others are attached to individual Catholic churches, whose priests sometimes bless the centers’ ultrasound machines to power them with extra holiness for their main task: convincing a woman who may want to have an abortion to have a baby instead. Thanks to George W. Bush’s breezy hand-outs of public money to Christian abstinence programs, many of these religious, anti-choice centers got millions in federal funding in the 2000s.

Many centers don’t look too different from regular women’s health clinics, and that’s the whole point. If a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy walks into a CPC assuming it’s a women’s health clinic and not a front in the abortion wars, she’s more likely to believe what they tell her there: like when a staffer says that abortion causes breast cancer (not according to actual studies), or that she might bleed to death on the table (so unlikely it’s close to impossible), or that she can’t have an abortion if she lacks legal residency (blatantly false), or any number of misleading and manipulative tactics documented in investigations of CPCs over the years. (In one case, a volunteer handed an undercover investigator a model of a 12-week-old fetus to “show her boyfriend.”) (See the 2004 Waxman report [PDF] and the results of an undercover investigation by NARAL Pro-choice Maryland Fund [PDF].)

Not all CPCs misinform women about their intentions or wave plastic fetuses in their faces. Some are clear about their anti-abortion stance and a lot offer services helpful to children after they’ve exited the womb, like child care and parental education, which is not something that can be said for most of the players in the anti-choice movement.

Still, multiple investigations have revealed that CPCs use a wide variety of tactics to lure pregnant women in order to scare, guilt and manipulate them into carrying their pregnancies to term. Some advertise in the same part of the Yellow Pages as abortion providers. Many are situated right next to Planned Parenthood clinics. A representative of the National Abortion Federation told AlterNet a member clinic reported that volunteers from a neighboring CPC have intercepted women headed into the clinic and steered them into the CPC instead.

There’s another strategy that’s gotten less attention: an under-the-radar campaign by large anti-choice organizations, like the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and Focus on the Family, to fund and guide the conversion of CPCs into licensed, limited-service medical clinics, ramping up their services to include pregnancy tests and ultrasound. Although they offer only limited women’s health services — none offer mammograms, for instance — medical clinic status has led many to start offering early prenatal care, prenatal vitamins, STI testing and even eye exams. A few have started advertising pap smears.

But in a bad economy, and with GOP governors across the country having spent the last legislative session coming up with endlessly creative ways to choke off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics (which many low-income women depend on for their health care), women’s health choices are dwindling.

On its website, NIFLA, the main group behind the push to convert CPCs into medical clinics, boasts that conversion leads to “major increases in the numbers of clients they are seeing on a monthly basis, as well as a dramatic increase in the number of clients choosing life.”

Unsurprsingly, there’s a lot of right-wing muscle behind the push to make CPCs more attractive to women who may be considering abortion. (“If you are pregnant, or might be pregnant, you might be feeling overwhelmed” an ad suggests over a picture of a wide-eyed young woman on the CareNet website. “You are not alone” consoles the tagline.)

In 1998, NIFLA established the Life Choice Project (TLC), which equips CPCs with legal tools and information to convert to medical clinics. They have a team of law consultants to help shepperd CPCs through the complex legal process, and an advisory board of medical professionals to oversee member clinics and make sure they comply with standard medical practices.

Focus on the Family is also involved. In 2004 the anti-gay, anti-choice religious-right group starting handing out “TLC grants” that fully fund the conversion of CPCs that make it through their application process, which FoF uses to determine two things: if a CPC has its act together (with a functioning board, CEOs and directors) to handle the legal hurdles of the transition, and perhaps more importantly, whether the center is worth investing in.

The latter consideration rides on which CPCs are the most likely to influence the most women to have babies. According to the assessment form, a center is more likely to get a grant if it operates in a large metro area, in a state with public funding for abortion beyond rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk. It also helps if the state gets an A or B grade for abortion access from NARAL. Another question asks if four or more public abortion providers serve its city.

Also advantageous is the presence of a large number of young women likely to find themselves pregnant, single and confused about it: “City has a four-year university with a student body of 15,000 or more (age 18- 26, excluding online students), that’s a target audience your organization will serve,” according to the self-assessment form.

In September, a NIFLA-affiliated CPC called Pregnancy Resource Center in Minnesota (where Planned Parenthood had to close six clinics in the state after Congressional budget cuts to Title X) hawked the enticing combo of HIV testing, Pap smear and a Little Caesar’s pizza in an ad placed in the back of the St. Cloud university student guide book.

The website of Choices Inc. in Kansas (10 CPC “clinics” to three Planned Parenthood clinics; a judge just blocked a law defunding Planned Parenthood that would have forced them to shut down one of them) advertises physician care and features a photo of a doctor feeling a newborn baby’s heartbeat. On the site, Scott Stringfield, the clinic’s medical director, promises to “Treat you with kindness, love you enough to tell the truth, give you the best medical care we can provide and remain by your side through this difficult time.”

Whether they try to draw women in with crappy pizza or the promise of free access to a doctor, the big picture stays the same. The NIFLA FAQ page assures interested parties that all the bells and whistles of medical clinic status will not thwart the clinics’ endgame. ”If our center becomes a medical clinic, will we cease to provide crisis intervention counseling? No! A Pregnancy Resource Medical Clinic continues to provide crisis intervention counseling for women who are in crisis pregnancies.”

Despite their religious overtones, CPCs continue to draw public money, mostly from various shadowy corners of state budgets.

But that’s not the only boost they’re getting from states. Recently South Dakota legislators passed a bill that would have forced women not only to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion, but to pay a visit to an anti-abortion CPC as well.

So as one arm of the anti-choice movement tries to eviscerate the nationwide women’s health services delivered by Planned Parenthood for decades, another is helping boost a version that offers severely limited services stacked with an anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-sex, aggressively Christian worldview.

The anti-choice agenda is going ahead full-steam.

H/T: AlterNet

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[Image: A screenshot of a post from inchristhopeisfound, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers save LIES!” It is corrected in red to say, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers LIE!”]

“Crisis Pregnancy Centers LIE” 

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How Christian pregnancy centers lie to women.


One of the scarier things I have ever read.

The thing about this is just how easily these people lie to scared women on a daily basis. What part of the Christian religion specifically tells you to lie to people? I really want to know.