This didn’t help me sleep well last night.
There’s a story by Tina Dupuy in the Pasadena Weekly about a particular Christian “crisis pregnancy center.” Scared, vulnerable women come in to take the free pregnancy test, but end up sitting through much more.
The writer’s friend “Maggie” unknowingly went in for a visit:
After two-and-a-half hours the nurses ask Maggie if she would like to give her life to Jesus Christ and pray with them. Maggie is blindsided. All she wanted was to know if she was pregnant.
She leaves with a Bible and an existential crisis. “They were so convincing; they said all this stuff,” Maggie tells me, in tears, after her ordeal. “I don’t know. Is it wrong that I’m living with Mike?”
Her voice seems earnestly stressed about the answer.
“Tina, do you think I’m going to hell?”
Avenues is a California primary clinic, fully licensed and accredited by the state. So exactly what kind of medical facility lures women with the promise of free pregnancy tests and leaves them fearing eternal damnation?
They operate like Campus Crusade for Christ — in stealth. They sound like a place you might actually want to visit, until you step inside and realize exactly what you’re dealing with…
Tina, the author, visited the clinic herself to see if the claims of other women were true. The article recounts everything that happened during her visit.
In shot, she hears line after line of misinformation. And that’s before she gets handed the abstinence literature.
What did the author find out?
… I just spent nearly two hours of my time to get an admittedly unreliable pregnancy test, erroneous medical information and find out more than I ever wanted to know about the life of a sexless 35-year-old bass player.
This is a licensed medical clinic.
Frightening beyond belief. Read the article, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
Anyone have these centers in their neighborhood? Does your congressperson know about them?
What can be done to expose them (for false advertising) and revoke any medical licenses?
(Thanks to Bunny for the link!)
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