News Contraception

Why CPCs Should Not Be Part of the Health-Care System

Robin Marty

Texas says their crisis pregnancy centers should be the new face of the women's heath program.  Does that mean they will control who gets birth control?

Texas Governor Rick Perry recently pointed to The Source for Women, a newly opened crisis pregnancy center, as the new face of the Texas Women’s Health Program — a face that doesn’t include anyone who so much as mentions abortion or groups that perform abortions.  According to Rewire reporter Andrea Grimes, The Source’s board has yet to decide exactly what its policy will be when it comes to dispensing birth control. But even if they do decide to offer contraception, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will be able to get it.

It could be entirely dependent on your marital status, if they decide to follow the lead of one crisis pregnancy center in Indiana.

Via the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:

Regarding birth control, if a married couple wants information, A Hope Center refers them to their physician. Otherwise, “because abstinence is the only 100 percent method of avoiding unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease, the limitations of birth control methods are included in some group presentations or discussions with clients,” [Hope Center Director of development Terry] Foss said.

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Will The Source For Women and other CPCs provided with funding in the new health care program also only offer birth control to those who are married, and provide flawed or outright dishonest information to everyone else? And if so, where are the women of Texas who want to not get pregnant supposed to turn?

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