On August 16 of this year, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio posted multiple Instagram stories claiming that most pregnancy centers are manipulative and fake.
The post stated the following:
“We Need to talk about so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ AKA fake clinics ? These dangerous organizations lure pregnant people to nonmedical facilities like vans or unmarked buildings, where they pressure individuals into not having an abortion. CPCs have no obligation to provide medically accurate information, so they can mislead people by:
- Asserting false risks of abortion
- Using disturbing images
- Intentionally overestimating gestational age to prevent access to abortion
- Advertising online using keywords like ‘abortion clinic’”
Planned Parenthood SW Ohio continued to defame crisis pregnancy centers as “dangerous organization(s) with a hidden agenda to lure in and then pressure pregnant people into not having an abortion.”
Any attempt to verify these claims was futile as the abortion business’s allegations were not substantiated, no sources for info were listed, and nothing asserted in this Instagram post was documented.
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After performing actual research, the Charlotte Lozier Institute documented the positive impact of pregnancy help centers on the public, detailed on a CLI fact sheet on pregnancy centers.
The findings were the following:
In 2021, there were approximately 3,000 pregnancy center locations in the U.S., according to CLI, counting medical mobile units as separate locations.
Data from 2019 showed that pro-life pregnancy centers served close to 2 million people, with services and material assistance with a total value of over $266 million.
Findings for the then 2,700 pregnancy centers in the U.S.:
● 8 in 10 locations (or 2,132) offer free ultrasounds
● 486,213 free ultrasounds performed
● 731,884 free pregnancy tests
● 967,251 free consultations with new clients
● 810 locations offer STD testing
● 563 locations offer STD treatment onsite
● 291,230 clients attended parenting and prenatal education classes
● 21,698 clients attended after-abortion support and recovery sessions
● 305 locations offer abortion pill reversal
● 2,525 locations offer material assistance such as baby items (including diapers, baby clothing outfits, new car seats and strollers)
● 120 medical mobile units with ultrasound (at least) rolling on the road to bring services to women out in the community
● 14,977 paid staff (25 percent of whom are licensed medical professionals)
● 53,855 volunteers (12 percent of whom are licensed medical professionals)
● 10,215 licensed medical professionals involved as pregnancy center workers (paid staff and volunteers combined)
● Exceptional client satisfaction – Consistently high client satisfaction rates reported to pregnancy centers reflect that women, men, and youth who visit centers feel respected, valued, and well cared for. Client satisfaction reported to two national networks in 2019 continues to validate excellence in care at affiliated pregnancy centers around the country. At Care Net affiliated pregnancy centers on average per center, 99.19 percent of clients/patients who completed a written survey indicated that their overall experience at the center was positive. One network has noted the ‘satisfaction rating is higher than that of Netflix, Chipotle, and the iPhone.’ Heartbeat International affiliated centers equally reported positive client satisfaction of 99.6 percent on average per center through client exit surveys. This accounts for about 2,100 pregnancy centers.”
The majority of funding for pregnancy centers is raised at the community level, as most centers receive no government funding at all, unlike Planned Parenthood, which receives $553.7 million from the government out of the total revenue of $1.29 billion.
Furthermore, Planned Parenthood is required to file 990 forms but not required to list specific revenue categories. In contrast, pregnancy centers are recognized on the state and federal levels as well, and state health departments continue to refer to pregnancy care centers in 20 different states.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood itself actively refers people to pregnancy centers, conflicting with the uncited assertions being made on its social media platforms.
Heartbeat International and all of its affiliates abide by the Commitment of Care and Competence which states, “Medical services are provided in accordance with all applicable laws, and in accordance with pertinent medical standards, under the supervision and direction of a licensed physician.” The commitment also addresses truthfulness in all communications, client information confidentiality, rigor in screening volunteers and staff, nondiscrimination, a consistent life ethic, and kindness to and compassion for clients.
Pregnancy help centers continue to meet critical needs in the surrounding communities, reaching victims of human trafficking, the opioid crisis, and post-abortion support both for men and women. The Abortion Pill Rescue® Network continues operating as well, all these comprehensive pregnancy help services providing hope to those who feel hopeless and feel they have no options or control over their futures.
Despite the falsehoods perpetuated by Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists, pregnancy centers remain beneficial, and in fact, crucial to our communities locally and globally.
LifeNews Note: The column originally appeared at Pregnancy Help News.