Michigan Budget Funds ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’

The new budget passed by the Michigan legislature includes almost a million dollars in funding for a group that helps set up “crisis pregnancy centers” (read: anti-choice propaganda centers that lie to women). Gov. Rick Snyder is almost certain to sign it as is.

If the budget is approved by Gov. Rick Snyder (R), an anti-abortion organization named Real Alternatives will be the sole recipient of the $800,000 contract. The group had a similar partnership with Michigan during the state’s last budget cycle.

Real Alternatives helps crisis pregnancy centers — faith-based organizations that use deceptive tactics to counsel women against ending a pregnancy — navigate the requirements that regulate the separation of church and state. They stipulate that CPCs need to separate prayer and Bible studies from their other services. Through Real Alternatives’ help, CPCs can still receive state funds.

For instance, over the past 18 years, the organization has gotten millions of dollars through the Pennsylvania Health Department to administer the state’s “Alternatives to Abortion Services Program.” Real Alternatives has also advised similar abortion alternatives programs in Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Florida, and Minnesota…

The Detroit News reports that family planning groups in Michigan are upset that the state is spending so much money on “abortion alternatives” when it could be funding preventative services like birth control instead. Real Alternatives’ $800,000 contract is roughly equivalent to the amount the state is spending on pregnancy prevention and family planning services in 2014 and 2015. On top of that, the state is discontinuing a public family planning program for low-income women at the end of this month.

“We all want to reduce unplanned pregnancy and abortion, but my conservative colleagues don’t want to talk about contraception, about what works,” State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) pointed out. “They want to talk about using state resources to advance their religious ideologies.”

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  • tbp1

    “We all want to reduce unplanned pregnancy and abortion,

    Actually, many, maybe most, on the anti-abortion side haven’t the slightest interest in reducing unplanned pregnancy. I would argue they don’t really want to reduce abortion, either—they just want to make it difficult and dangerous for poor people (they can always send their wives and daughters on a “vacation” or “family visit” someplace where it’s legal and safe).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I find it hard to believe that good Christian organizations like this would lie to people, particularly desperate, vulnerable women.

  • sinned34

    Of course they don’t want to talk about contraception. Getting pregnant is the punishment those dirty sluts deserve for having sex in the first place. And a baby is the greatest gift from God that a woman can get, until it’s born. Then to hell with it and her. And she better get a job to support that baby, but if she spends time away from home to work, then she’s a horrible mother.

    It’s just common sense, people.

    Benghazi!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098879819 andrewscott

    It’s my understanding that these “crisis pregnancy centers” convince the woman to keep the pregnancy then slut shame them to give up the infant for adoption. I wonder how tightly they are linked to “Christian” adoption agencies…

  • D. C. Sessions

    You’d almost think that reducing abortion isn’t their main objective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098879819 andrewscott

    Oh, here’s an article on this subject of coercive adoption practices that the ““crisis pregnancy centers” : http://jezebel.com/5351936/crisis-pregnancy-centers-creating-artificial-orphans

    I wonder if you could get these suckers on human trafficking….

  • raven

    Oh, here’s an article on this subject of coercive adoption practices that the ““crisis pregnancy centers” :

    The Mormons are even worse.

    LDS Family Services is a perennial scandal.

    They pressure unwed mothers to give their kids up for adoption with threats and pressure including excommunication. The LDS church really doesn’t want single mothers with kids around.

    Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption …

    www. thedailybeast. com/…/why-is-the-mormon-church-getting-out-of-th…

    3 days ago – LDS Family Services, a Mormon Church-owned counseling center and adoption … Romney threatened she could be excommunicated if she refused. … The shaming of unwed mothers is hardly limited to one religious tradition.

    Reptile Romney was involved in this as a Mormon leader.

  • Mobius

    This was mentioned by Rachel Maddow last night. Not only is the Republican Party,anti-abortion, they are now anti-contracetion as well.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Mobius, nice Liberal Totalitarian attempt to control thought through language. “Anti-contraception”? Pah! They’re pro-conception. Spin that, America-hating hippie!

  • https://www.facebook.com/wes.aaron.5 Wes Aaron

    Enough with the damn trap laws and other bull@$#%. And it is these same people who do this that say the world is an evil place. They’re the only evil here. Just because you don’t like what someone else does legally, doesn’t give you the right to physically dominate their life. All this will do is encourage centers to lie and con women who are already in a vulnerable position just to make a buck. It reminds me of the despicable minister in Jesus Camp, telling the children this is an evil, sick, and horrible world. Just because you can’t see past the end your nose doesn’t mean their isn’t a beautiful world with people who only want to live happily with those around them.

  • colnago80

    Re Mobius @ #8

    The Rethuglican Party would love it in Iran.

    http://goo.gl/JaJ5vW

  • Evan Brehm

    You got to love the priorities of the GOP-Dominated Michigan Legislature and their laser focus on the economy an jobs.