Amy Everitt, State Director of National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) Pro-Choice California, stated, “Women deserve to have all the facts in order to make the best decisions about their own health, lives, and futures.” I could not agree more. Unplanned pregnancy can be scary. Pregnant at the age of fifteen, I would know.
In the US, two of the largest entities women can turn to are Planned Parenthood and crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). Abortion rights advocates have taken special aim at CPCs. I’ve heard it in person. In the interest of seeing what the organization was about first-hand, I accepted a contact’s invitation to volunteer at a NARAL luncheon. While there, I attended a session solely dedicated to these “fake” clinics and the threat they pose to the abortion industry. CPCs do, indeed, differ from Planned Parenthood, and for more reasons than you might think.
Here are five truths you need to know about so-called “fake” clinics.
1. They believe women can handle information
While Ms. Everitt’s quote above sounds nice, it quickly becomes clear that the pro-choice movement believes that the most important option for pregnant women to have “all the facts” about is abortion. CPCs believe women deserve more, which is why they provide them with far more information than they receive at an abortion clinic. When receiving prenatal care by licensed professionals, women are encouraged to ask questions. Most importantly, they are given scientifically accurate information about fetal development, and they are allowed to see their ultrasounds.
The pro-choice camp is adamant that women not be given this information, as if women are too ignorant to think for themselves—or too dangerous if they do—and must be told what is best. And what is best for abortion clinics and their bank accounts is pushing abortion. What seems to upset pro-choice advocates, and results in their unfounded claims of coercion, is that CPCs let women know there are options other than abortion.
2. They offer a wide range of services
Planned Parenthood touts the number of non-abortion services it provides, but then obscures its reliance and focus on abortion by counting the procedure or medication as an equal service to, say, prescribing a pain medication or giving a urine test. Thus, a woman can rack up as many as five services during an abortion, only one of which is labeled as “abortion.” CPCs are not focused on one procedure. They demonstrate their care for women and the public welfare by offering a host of services, such as:
- Free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds
- Prenatal care and medical referrals
- STI testing and treatment
- Programs for those who experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or grief after choosing an abortion
- In-depth counsel on the best options for the mother and baby
- Help in the adoption process, if applicable
- Resource assistance and emotional support (housing, education, medical services, etc.)
- Cohesive parental support for both mothers and fathers (parenting classes, breastfeeding instruction, early childhood development, SIDS reduction, etc.)
- Tangible support, such as diapers, cribs, and other necessities
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Source: Christian Post