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NC Senate Diverts Women’s Health Funds to Religious-based Non-Medical Provider
NC Senate budget provides $250,000 to umbrella group of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers”

Raleigh—The Senate budget being heard and voted on today diverts $250,000 from the Women’s Health Services Fund to go to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a religious-based group that provides staff training for so-called crisis pregnancy centers statewide. Republicans attempted to fund the Fellowship last legislative session through passage of Choose Life license plates, an effort stymied when federal court ruled the plates unconstitutional.  Read More

In case you missed it or maybe just saw the headline, the folks at NARAL-Pro Choice NC have posted an excellent summary of Tuesday night’s pro-choice victory before the Chapel Hill town council.

“Last night NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina presented a resolution to the Chapel Hill Town Council opposing the deceptive practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in North Carolina, and the Town Council voted unanimously to pass it. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are heavily advertised resources for women facing unintended pregnancies. What isn’t advertised is that the majority of CPCs are funded and staffed by medically-uncertified anti-choice activists who provide misleading and medically inaccurate information to clients, exaggerating (and more often inventing) abortion risks and side effects to intimidate women into ruling out abortion as an option.

As Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, said at last night’s meeting, ‘This is not about abortion, pro-choice or pro-life, [. . .] I think everyone can agree that no one should be misled about their health care options.’”

Read the entire post at Carolina Choice by clicking here.

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.

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You’ve got to hand it to State Rep. Paul Stam: No one in the North Carolina General Assembly can tell a blatant untruth more unflinchingly than the House Majority Leader. If required to do it, the Wake County Republican could gaze wide-eyed into a TV camera with his patented, semi-bemused, semi-condescending tone and explain to you why the sky is, and always has been, green.

A case in point, Stam’s statements yesterday to WRAL’s Laura Leslie regarding the damning new report from the NARAL Pro Choice NC Foundation on the state’s motley collection of “crisis pregnancy centers” — centers that are funded in part with funds raised from the state’s new “choose life” license plates.  Read More