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I'm curious about how CPCs are regulated

I'm curious about how CPCs are regulated. It seems to me that they're intended to replace health care clinics that provide abortion services. Well, abortions are performed by legitimate MDs who are skilled OB/GYN specialists and they're highly regulated by the states, much much more so than similar medical professionals.

So who regulates CPCs? We just throw out tax money out to them and what guarantee do we have that (a) its being spent wisely and (b) that the people who're providing the "care" are qualified? I mean nurses have standards they must meet. Doctors have standards they must meet. What about direct patient contact types at CPCs?

Are they state licsenced? How many years must they study before they're certified? Are there state board exams the must pass and standards they must meet to provide care to their clients?

And I wonder, what kind of training do they receive?

What organizations train the CPC workers?

Do you know of any examples?

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Posted by bayprairie on 14 February 2006 - 3:24am
CPCs and what they do...

I became pro-choice at the age of 18 after volunteering for a year at one of these ridiculous CPCs. In Florida, no less. Anyhow, to offer some sort of insight into my time as a "client assistant" or whatever I was at The Women's Resource Center (originally called The Crisis Pregnancy Center, but they changed the name to attract unsuspecting college students who thought they were going to Planned Parenthood or similar) I would fill out an intake form on women who came in and then take them back to a private room. We did pregnancy tests. And then, if the test came back positive we had many strategies for convincing women not to have an abortion. We had the traditional god-awful videos and pamphlets, but we also had support services - like "we'll give you clothes and diapers if you just carry that thing for 9 months and then raise it for 18 years. You'll be fine! Sure you may not have a career, or enough money for food but you are a woman and you must give birth!" I was at the University of Florida at the time, and there's a fairly good quality hospital and med school there. We had one or two doctors that partnered with us and would work with any of our "clients" that we referred to him (often setting up payment plans or whatever it took to prevent an abortion from happening). Ironically, the president of our organization was a man (as most are) and the doctors that partnered with us were men. But the worker bees were women, and I believe that many of them were well-intentioned but just misinformed about what is best for a woman and what her role should be. I certainly was. Around the time that I grew so disgusted with what we were doing that I was actually counseling women toward having abortions (there was a center for that right across the street), we were raising funds to install an ultrasound machine because, the powers-at-be figured that if a woman could just hear their "baby's" heartbeat they would not be able to terminate their pregnancy. From what I can tell on the website (http://www.yourwrc.org/) I don't think that ever materialized. Who knows though. It is definitely a very very evil movement and because I have seen it from the inside...it scares the hell out of me. We had absolutely zero regulations. And, did I mention that we also started an abstinence ed program while I was there? You wouldn't believe the curriculum...Yikes. Anyhow, the happy ending for me is that CPCs turned me vehemently pro-choice (I have been a lobbyist in Texas state politics for the pro-choice side - in fact I was there during this past session when we got slaughtered, see above posting) and that means that there is hope.

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Posted by le lyons (not verified) on 14 February 2006 - 8:41am
Oh, and in case it isn't clear...

The entire motivation behind the CPC I worked at was to convert everyone who walked through the doors to Christianity. I would actually say that the focus on anti-abortion priorities was more like 25% and the focus on "Did they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior???" was more like 75%. So, I would venture to say that the whole CPC movement is mainly just another way to proselytize. And they’re doing it at the expense of women, of course. As if you all didn't already know that. It's really really repulsive. Thanks for posting this.

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Posted by le lyons (not verified) on 14 February 2006 - 8:46am
Training for Crisis Pregnancy Centers?

In answer to my own question above I've been googling around on the internent trying to find out what I can about training at Crisis Pregnancy Centers. I found this interesting tid-bit that I'll share what you here. This gentleman, who's site I've stumbled across, seems to be well respected in his field, and the list of clients he mentions contains familiar organizational names.

I can't say one way or another what this represents, but I'll put up a few cites, a link to the page and let the reader examine.

ULTRASOUND: FOR SOME CPC CLIENTS, IT’S NOT ENOUGH

Friday night I spoke to a gathering of pro-life crisis pregnancy center directors (and staff) in Naples, Florida. One of my points was this: Although ultrasound is a wonderful tool for reaching abortion-minded women, sometimes it’s not enough. Stronger, more provocative images may be needed (with the client’s consent, of course) if we are to save lives. I no sooner made that point when this appeared in yesterday’s New York Times

:::snip:::

Admittedly, the use of abortion pictures by pro-life pregnancy centers is a controversial subject. So, let me be clear about two points: First, I’m not claiming that graphic images work in every case. Sometimes a client is so hardened that we simply cannot reach her. Second, I don’t think for a moment that every woman visiting a CPC needs to view these pictures. However, it doesn’t follow from this that CPCs should never offer them. Sometimes abortion pictures do what ultrasound cannot: reawaken a client’s moral intuitions.

As former CareNet center director Suzanne Genit points out, there are five types of abortion-minded clients:

  • Type #1: Responds to loving support, chooses life.
  • Type #2: Responds to information on fetal development—chooses life
  • Type #3: Responds to descriptions of abortion techniques—chooses life
  • Type #4: Remains unmoved by love, facts/information, and verbal descriptions of abortion techniques, but responds to graphic abortion videos—chooses life.
  • Type #5: Hardens her heart to all information—chooses abortion.
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Posted by bayprairie on 14 February 2006 - 12:58pm
let's not forget

these other passages from the same source:

If client #4 is not more horrified of abortion than she is terrified of her own crisis pregnancy, her baby will die. Given what’s at stake, it’s not enough for her to simply imagine this horror.
Nationally, pro-lifers have struggled for years to reach African-American women, a group that represents 12% of the population but has 35% of all abortions. You would think that if anyone would take offense at graphic pictures, it would be these women.

That’s not the case. According to a study conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Dayton (OH) and commissioned by Dayton Right to Life, graphic abortion pictures resonate powerfully with black women.

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Posted by artemisia on 14 February 2006 - 2:54pm