McPregnancy Centers

Tyler LePard

Apparently it's not good enough to give out false information about abortion. Nor are they satisfied with using taxpayer money to offer religiously-motivated "counseling." No, they are taking it further. So-called pregnancy resource centers (or crisis pregnancy centers) are also targeting inner-city neighborhoods, specifically to restrict the pregnancy options of poor women & girls of color. But wait - that's not all! The Washington Post reported Saturday that these offices are adding "health" services and locating their centers as close as possible to real medical clinics (even taking over their space when clinics move) in the hope that confused patients accidentally go to the wrong office.

That's right, folks - pregnancy resource centers have adopted a business plan similar to a certain fast food giant: set up next to competitors and try to steal their business.

Apparently it's not good enough to give out false information about abortion. Nor are they satisfied with using taxpayer money to offer religiously-motivated "counseling." No, they are taking it further. So-called pregnancy resource centers (or crisis pregnancy centers) are also targeting inner-city neighborhoods, specifically to restrict the pregnancy options of poor women & girls of color. But wait – that's not all! The Washington Post reported Saturday that these offices are adding "health" services and locating their centers as close as possible to real medical clinics (even taking over their space when clinics move) in the hope that confused patients accidentally go to the wrong office.

That's right, folks – pregnancy resource centers have adopted a business plan similar to a certain fast food giant: set up next to competitors and try to steal their business. In this case, lure in vulnerable women who are looking for medical advice and unbiased counseling. Then, innocently offer a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. And finally, once they have been sufficiently scared with false information about abortion, mentally manipulated about the guilt of even considering their options, and shown the cute little figure of their fetus, the women end up pressured into keeping their pregnancy. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am and there's another young mother unequipped to deal with the real world. They should have a catchy slogan… something like "Would you like diapers with that?" or "You deserve a kid today."

Isn't it great that these centers are taking such a multifaceted approach to unintended pregnancy? Oh wait, they're not. They're taking a single, narrow-minded approach, forcing their beliefs on susceptible women. What would be great would be if pregnancy resource centers stopped telling lies, actually educated women about preventing unintended pregnancy in the first place, and gave women the resources and knowledge it takes to raise an unplanned child under less-than-ideal circumstances. Now that might be worthy of the slogan "I'm lovin' it."

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