Recently NARAL Pro-Choice America has been investigating North Carolina’s 122 crisis pregnancy centers, where religious fanatics make an adorable, Jesus-based game out of shaming women who believe they can come to them for medical treatment and sound, objective advice.
It’s great to have that NARAL resource now that more and more crisis pregnancy centers in Texas are receiving government funding as actual medical providers are closing down because of budget cuts. Today, I got this press release for a Keller, Texas crisis pregnancy center called “Pregnancy Help 4 U,” which recently opened in rural-suburban North Texas. You know they’re totally hip and with it because 4 U! So edgy. So relatable.
I’ve never seen a CPC press release before, and oh dear:
The center provides support at NO cost for Pregnancy Tests, Sonograms, Proof of Pregnancy, Application, and other information for Medicaid, Adoption and Parenting Resources, Counseling (Post-abortion Grief, Abortion Alternatives, Abstinence, Prenatal and Postnatal Assistance, etc), Community Resources and Referral (Maternity Home and Materials, Legal Aids, Clinical Counseling), Volunteer opportunities and so much more.
The “and so much more” includes, uh, vitamins?
An anonymous single, teen client reported that the once lonely path is now filled with hope. The heartbeats on the screen of the sonogram not only revealed to her the real life inside her body, she also discovered the joy of motherhood, especially when the fears of all the unknowns were replaced by well-informed options, practical assistance and compassionate care. “They got me plugged in with a doctor in my area and gave me vitamins and baby items. I don’t feel alone now. Yes, my boyfriend is gone, at least I have them to lean on.” Later on, the client’s parents were also able to share the excitement of identifying the gender of their grandbaby.
Of course, the great thing about Planned Parenthood, say, as opposed to a crisis pregnancy center, is that YOU CAN GO THERE AND IMMEDIATELY BE PLUGGED IN WITH A DOCTOR BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE DOCTORS WORK. But yeah, no doubt those vitamins and “baby items” are gonna solve all a pregnant, single teen mother’s problems and ensure that she gets sound medical care and advice. After all, she knows the sex (not the gender!) of her child, so everything’s gonna be great.
The press release also notes that “Currently, donations are being sought for the upgrade of the existing sonogram equipment to provide the sound of the heartbeats.” Me? I’d rather donate so that they can at least afford to re-name themselves to the still technically inaccurate and misleading, but at least grammatically sound, “Pregnancy Care For You.”