…walking down the high street and noticing a medical advice center calling itself the Cancer Crisis Center–providing free advice and assistance. You do not have much money, so that sounds appealing. You have been feeling tired and ill for weeks and suspect you might have cancer. You walk in and meet with the people inside. Now there are many ways that events that then take place may well not be in the best interests of the patient. Perhaps the medical advisers inside believe in nutritional remedies and their conflicted motives result in advice that discourages the patient from seeking professional medical care.
Perhaps the medical advisers are more motivated to save your soul than your body.
Well obviously state governments have a responsibility to protect the citizens from such scams. This can be tricky because (of course) health/vitamin supplement outlets have every right to market safe goods even if there is no medical evidence that it helps. But when such centers promote their ability to help specific urgent medical conditions, then of course regulation of some sort is a must.
There is no standardized, national system for credentialing complementary health practitioners. State and local governments are responsible for deciding what credentials practitioners must have, to work in their jurisdiction. So by way of example:
- 43 U.S. states license massage therapists (LMT) (NCCAM). See: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/decisions/credentialing.htm
- 17 U.S. states have passed licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic doctors (ND) (AANP, 2013). See: http://naturopathic.org/content.asp?pl=16&sl=57&contentid=57
- 50 U.S. states license and regulate chiropractic practice (DC) (ACA). See: http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=15&T2ID=205
Would you go to a chiropractor who was not regulated?
Now imagine you have become pregnant and have concerns, or you fear getting pregnant, and now you come across the comforting window display seen below. Would you not expect that such a venture would be properly regulated and bound to give objective advice and rounded options?
At the very least, if such a storefront promoting love and care was not really providing medical care but spiritual care–should not that bias be clearly illustrated? By not being transparent, is one not putting peoples health at risk?
The good news is that women can get great free pregnancy advice and assistance from Planned Parenthood. Recent efforts by fundamentalists to torpedo this organisation using illegal and doctored videos have back fired, with the culprits being indicted. Further efforts to de-fund this organization have collapsed in Congress in spite of the utter nonsense being spouted by virtually all the Stupidparty presidential aspirants.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC)
But of course there is bad news, because while there are over 700 Planned Parenthood affiliated centers nationwide, there are “2,500 CPCs in the United States, as compared with 1,800 abortion clinics (and Canada has several times as many CPCs as abortion clinics).
Hundreds more CPCs operate outside of the U.S. and Canada. During the presidency of George W. Bush (2001-2009), CPCs received tens of millions of dollars in federal grants. As of 2015, more than half of the U.S. states helped to fund crisis pregnancy centers either directly and/or through the sale of Choose Life license plates.”
This is the mission statement of Care Net that runs a massive chain of these facilities:
Vision – Care Net envisions a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.
It should be noted that the pro-life anti abortion religious agenda is not a biblical value, it is not a Christian value.
In fact the old Testament was adamantly disinterested in any life form less than one or two months old (yes that would be one or two months after birth). In fact the values of these pseudo-Christians are the polar opposite of Christian values–since the concepts of abstinence and rigid non-abortion dogma simply leads to more poverty, disease and deaths, fetal and otherwise.
The facts (the math) make it abundantly clear that pro-life=pro-death and that is certainly not a Christian value (values that should be held by those who purport to be following the teachings of Christ).
There has been so much publicity around the illegally doctored video trying to damage planned parent hood–so why not devote some time to see what goes on inside a Crisis Pregnancy Center–and ask yourself which organisation lies, lies, and lies?
These deceitful centers receive tens of millions of dollars of tax payer money. Tax payer money should not be allowed to be used by organisations that are fundamentally and provably dishonest-charlatans, as Salon reports:
That some states are providing tens of millions in public funding for religiously affiliated organizations—some of which acknowledge that their primary goal is “shepherding spiritually ‘broken’ women toward Christ”—isn’t the only issue; Cosmopolitan also discovered a troubling funding breakdown that indicates some states are actively incentivizing antiabortion counseling.
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) around the country have been exposed many times over for distributing medically inaccurate information, misleading women about the full range of their reproductive health options and incorrect medical advice—for example claiming that abortion makes people go insane.
- may not give you complete and correct information about all your options—abortion, adoption, and parenting
- may try to frighten you with misleading films and pictures to keep you from choosing abortion
- may lie to you about the medical and emotional effects of abortion
- may tell you that you are not pregnant even if you are. This may fool you into continuing your pregnancy without knowing it. If your decision is delayed, it could make abortion more risky. It could also keep you from getting early prenatal care.
- may discourage you from using certain methods of birth control that are very safe and effective
CPCs trick people to come in under false pretenses, false advertising, by pretending to be real healthcare providers, providing real unbiased comprehensive advice—they do this by using disingenuous names (store front signs) and locations next to legitimate service providers. No, they are fundamentally dishonest, just what Jesus would do–their very own fake Jesus that is.
Jeb Bush is actually the most extreme pro- lifer, and he has a very disturbing track record that proves he has tried very hard to put this extremism into action. He is proud to say that, as Governor of Florida, the state of Florida helped pay for these deceptions.
“We’re the only state, I believe, to have funded with state monies crisis pregnancy centers to provide counselors so that these not-for-profits… could act on their mission,” Bush said Monday during an interview with Focus on the Family. “It was a godsend for these crisis pregnancy centers and a lot of babies’ lives were saved.”
Bush is wrong on two counts. Florida is far from the only state to funnel public dollars into anti-choice alternative-to-abortion services, and the money diverted to fund CPCs is far from a “godsend,” particularly for the women who wind up at these centers in need of actual health care.
The NARAL (Pro-Choice America) report continues:
Many CPCs intentionally misinform and mislead women seeking pregnancy-related information. In fact, some CPCs may force women to watch anti-abortion films, slide shows, photographs, and hear biased lectures. No CPC will refer women to an abortion provider—and in fact, some may refuse even to provide information about or referrals for birth control. These practices block women from making fully informed choices about their reproductive health and may endanger women’s health by delaying access to legitimate health-care services.
Morning-after pills and sex education are a vital tool for empowering women, preventing poverty, disease, and death. Teaching abstinence is not only pointless—but it is deadly. Teens deserve knowledge that can keep them healthy. To act otherwise is criminal. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. In 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”
Societies that repress women tend to be unstable, violent, religiously rigid—and all this nurtures an environment primed for war, disease, and death—an environment for Stupidparty.
In the 2015 Fox Stupidparty debate, virtually all candidates were rabidly pro-death. For example, Marco Rubio would be quite happy to allow a woman to die; he claims there are plenty of ways of avoiding getting pregnant anyway. But the problem is, these guys are all gut and no brain.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are fighting for the right to remain dishonest
So governments have a duty to protect the citizens from such sham organizations. Well you do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out which state governments are more likely to take this responsibility seriously. Pro-Death centers have been popping up everywhere, even in sensible places like California, like San Francisco.
California has introduced a law that requires them to post a notice informing visitors that:
“free or low-cost abortion, contraception and prenatal care are available to low-income women through public programs, and to provide the phone number to call.”
Of course religious freedom lovers like all freedom lovers have a warped notion on the concept of freedom. i.e. they want to have the freedom to lie and distort and ultimately endanger the health and well-being of visitors who have often been tricked into coming in the first place. Whereas the Government of California would like to be free to protect its citizens. This will of course go to court and one not does need to be clairvoyant (or need any legal or constitutional expertise) to know what will happen:
- The court will allow the law to be enforced
- The fundamentalists will appeal to the Californian Supreme Court and will fail
- The fundamentalists will appeal to the Supreme Court and there will be a 4: 5 decision*
- Justice Kennedy will get to decide
*However, with the passing of Scalia, California’s effort to protect women from scumbags is quite safe and will now remain safe if the the Democrats win the Presidency.
But surely the aim of all decent people is to reduce abortions. Only in America where critical thinking is a rapidly shrinking commodity does this seem to be such a tough question to address. So I will add clarity with a flurry of easy to digest facts, with thanks to Michael Specter of The New Yorker:
Roughly half of the more than six million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. And many of them are to young mothers according to the Guttmacher Institute, the rate of unintended pregnancies among sexually active teens is double that of all women.
If only we could find an organization that educates young girls, and boys, about the dangers of early and unwanted pregnancies; a group that distributes contraceptives but also stresses the fact that sexual abstinence is safe, free, and, when used continuously, always prevents pregnancy.
That group could really lower the abortion and teen-age pregnancy rates in this country. Oh. Wait. We have that organization. It’s called Planned Parenthood. Yes, Planned Parenthood offers abortions—which are legal in the United States. Nonetheless, according to Planned Parenthood, just three per cent of its services involve abortions. The vast majority of those services are devoted to the organization’s more central goal—helping people avoid unwanted pregnancy altogether.
But see what happens when Stupidparty policies get enacted, which type of state would you prefer to give birth in?
As America becomes more Stupidparty, America has become about the only place in the world where having a baby is getting dramatically more deadly.
So you see what happens, how much better the world is when one dismisses phony religious opinions and replace such with common sense problem solving skills. Because we live in such a wackadoodle cultural paradigm, Planned Parenthood is actually both pro-life and pro-choice; the Crisis Pregnancy Centers, not so much—they are Pro Death and an abomination of Christian values.
Stupidparty is deadly.