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Some Claim Pro-Life Pregnancy Crisis Centers Are Deceptive

Should Government Money Fund Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers?

Young feminists at UCLA have spent the last few months researching publicly funded crisis pregnancy centers that they claim do not inform women of all their options. Taking a cue from their pro-life counterparts who go undercover at Planned Parenthood, one woman showed up at a crisis center pretending to be pregnant. Through her research she discovered that many centers promise free pregnancy tests and options counseling, only to push their religious and ideological agenda once women come to them for help.

The young woman accused one center — which asked her for her religious affiliation right off the bat — of spreading misleading information about abortion, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, most of the staff were volunteers, not medically trained professionals and said that the only contraception they "get funding for" was the advice to avoid having sex all together.

Should crisis pregnancy centers that advocate abstinence, adoption, or raising a baby receive public money to support their services, or should serious abortion counseling be mandatory before a center gets funds?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
Anon: "Also, I saw a great bumper sticker not too long ago: "If you can't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?" " That quote is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
No, because I shouldn't have to pay for either side of this issue. Everybody has an agenda, so I don't trust either one of these "undercover exposes". Though I have wondered what goes on at a pregnancy crisis center - I went to a Catholic university where they prayed the rosary in front of the Planned Parenthood and then passed out flyers to the pregnancy crisis center that's funded by the RCC...but they could never tell me what exactly it is you do at a crisis center. Girls are scared and frightened...but practically telling them they must have the baby or be considered a murderer according to a doctrine they may or may not believe doesn't help. I think we should encourage women to go see a doctor as soon as they think they might be pregnant or find out they are pregnant [that's in general across the board]. Then, if the woman wants to know, they should be presented with ALL options available, and where they can find the services they are interested in and feel they need.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I don't think this should be funded...I think the US government should fund clinics that are willing to look at the issue from both sides, depending on the needs and desires of the woman in question. If said woman wants info about an abortion, provide her with accurate info and support; if she doesn't want one, inform her about alternate solutions. The religious beliefs of the people working at the centre should never interfere with the clients' health.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
religious agendas should not be provided government funding. if government-funded clinics offer abortion, adoption services, counseling, etc... the whole shebang, then great. I wish they would
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
No clinic should be pushing their religious or ideological services period regardless of belief. It should simply be a matter of services. IMO it should be law that what they provide in services should be as plain as day once you walk in and if it's apparent to you that they do no provide abortions then you simply turn around and walk out, no discussion needed. The problem comes when every wants to debate Roe vs. Wade over the service counter. Let the authorities deal with that. Go take care of your baby.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I agree for the most part stardust. I think that if a pregnancy crisis center gets federal funding not only should they provide comprehensive, unbiased contraceptive information, but they should at least refer women elsewhere if they're seeking an abortion. Telling women something as simple as, "We do not encourage or provide support for abortion here, but the service is available at XXX location." That shouldn't be that hard to do. I really don't like the religious tilt these places have, but if they are truly providing honest, scientifically sound information I think they should be eligible for some amount of federal funding. But the reality is most of these pregnancy crisis centers aren't...
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I think *both* should be required to receive funding; a woman in that situation needs the pertinent information on all of her options in a non-biased manner.
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