Looking for a CPC you can trust? Check out Birthright International
If you have ever needed a crisis pregnancy center, you may have been fortunate enough to have access to an organization offering totally non-judgmental support, and access to necessary assistance. You may have found individuals who treated you with respect, and didn’t try to manipulate or frighten you with horror stories or violent images. The center you visited might have given you on-going support, and assisted you in finding housing, acquiring social assistance, or securing legal defense.
Unfortunately, one has only to google “crisis pregnancy centers” in order to find a plethora of individual testimonies about horrible experiences in CPCs. Yes, perhaps some of these are biased. Yes, pre-existing prejudice might be a factor. But still: when a woman speaks of her experience of a vulnerable situation, we who want to support her in choosing life need to listen. If a woman has a bad experience in a CPC, the correct response is not “you’re just prejudiced” or “how dare you criticize these pro-life heroes” — but, rather, “how can we work to change this?”
Birthright International is an organization that provides a good blueprint for others to follow. Birthright began 1968 — before abortion was legal — as the result of the vision of one woman, Louise Summerhill, who wanted to create a judgment — free place for helping women in crisis pregnancies. Now it centers located all over the United States, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia.
According to its website, Birthright’s services “Birthright services are always free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, religion, marital status, or financial situation.”
Their services include:
- Love, hope, and encouragement
- Friendship and emotional support
- Non-judgmental, confidential help
- Free pregnancy tests
- Maternity and baby clothes
- Referrals to:
- Medical supports
- Financial and/or employment resources
- Legal referrals
- Education assistance
- Social assistance
- Professional counseling
- Information on:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Prenatal development and care
- Parenting skills, child care, and child safety
- Career development and/or continuing education
- Community programs and/or social assistance
Their promise is that they will never:
…try to scare or pressure a woman into a decision.
…show or discuss abortion pictures or videos.
…evangelize or lecture.
…picket or harass abortion clinics.
…lobby for legislative changes or engage in the public debate on abortion.
You can read more about Birthright, and find out about locations near you, on their website. Information on how to find a Birthright center near you, should you wish to make them a monetary donation, or donate maternity or infant clothes, is available here.