Gaston County government turns health office over to propaganda group

The Gaston Gazette reported last Friday that Gaston County officials have given the “green light for an anti-abortion group to begin holding office hours in the Gaston County Health Department.”

The group is called “The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County”  and here is how the group’s website describes it:

“Our pregnancy center is a nonprofit pro-life organization of committed Christians sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and actively helping women, men and families in crisis pregnancy situations.”

Got it? Gaston County public dollars are going to help underwrite an explicitly religious propaganda shop masquerading as a group that knows something (and has something useful to say about) health. This is, in a word, outrageous. 

And in case, you had any doubt about so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” what they do and how they attempt to confuse women into thinking that they are actually concerned about health, check out this powerful 2011 study by NARAL Pro-Choice NC which found that most centers employ no actual health professionals and typically fail to disclose to “patients” that they are NOT medical facilities.

5 Comments

  1. Lisa Wilbourne

    October 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    In consdiering writing a letter to the Gaston County Commissioners to express my concern, I am shocked by their extreme… diversity of board membership.

    http://www.gastongov.com/departments/county-commission/contact-info

  2. Rev. Carl Johnson

    October 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Did the entire Gaston County elected leadership miss the idea of separation of church and state in a civil society? Does this mean they’ll allow any other group that espouses religious ideas masquerading as health information providers to utilize taxpayer provided housing, offices, utilities?
    What about the freedom of someone whose message contravenes the religious one? Are they offered the same support?

  3. Frank Burns

    October 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Agree, we should not allow any advocacy group access to government facilities, like Planned Parenthood.

  4. EQ

    October 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Mr. Burns, please double-check your facts. Planned Parenthood is not a “government facility,” program, or agency. It is a private, not-for-profit corporation with its own private governing board which is allowed to receive federal funding under the Public Health Service Act. As such, no government agency makes decisions regarding its functions, purpose, or services provided. Since your subjects and predicates are not in order, if you were implying that PP is an “advocacy group [with] access to government facilities,” it would behoove you to know that PP does not rent space from the health department, which IS a government agency. As a private business, it has its own facilities and does not serve the purpose of persuading young women to keep and care for children which they’re incapable of doing, in turn forcing those young women to depend on “government facilities” which they would not have needed if they had easy access to affordable birth control and other family planning utilities.

  5. Frank Burns

    October 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    EQ, I see no error with my facts. Planned Parenthood is just another advocacy group and as such should receive no government funding at all, whether it be office space or just plain old hard cash courtesy of the taxpayers. I hope that clears up your misunderstandings.