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Everyone’s favorite Virginity Queen can’t stay out of the news for too long (H/T – Helga):

The crisis pregnancy centers set up to help girls and women at the very time in their life when they need the most help and the centers turn out to be less then Christian. (I am being charitable)   After reading this it appears that abstinence programs lead to a lot of babies being born, so perhaps that is why she pushed that program.  Or maybe I am a cynic.  Helga
“Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the nonprofit pregnancy-testing facilities set up by antiabortion groups to dissuade women from having abortions, have become fixtures of the antiabortion landscape, buttressed by an estimated $60 million in federal abstinence and marriage-promotion funds. The National Abortion Federation estimates that as many as 4,000 CPCs operate in the United States, often using deceptive tactics like posing as abortion providers and showing women graphic antiabortion films. While there is growing awareness of how CPCs hinder abortion access, the centers have a broader agenda that is less well known: they seek not only to induce women to “choose life” but to choose adoption, either by offering adoption services themselves, as in Bethany’s case, or by referring women to Christian adoption agencies. Far more than other adoption agencies, conservative Christian agencies demonstrate a pattern and history of coercing women to relinquish their children. ”

Shotgun Adoption

By Kathryn Joyce

August 26, 2009

Page 2: In 1984 Leslee Unruh, founder of Abstinence Clearinghouse, established a CPC in South Dakota called the Alpha Center. The first center had opened in 1967, but in 1984 Unruh’s CPC was still a relatively new idea. In 1987 the state attorney’s office investigated complaints that Unruh had offered young women money to carry their pregnancies to term and then relinquish their babies for adoption.

“There were so many allegations about improper adoptions being made and how teenage girls were being pressured to give up their children,” then-state attorney Tim Wilka told the Argus Leader, that the governor asked him to take the case. The Alpha Center pleaded no contest to five counts of unlicensed adoption and foster care practices; nineteen other charges were dropped, including four felonies. But where Unruh left off, many CPCs and antiabortion groups have taken up in her place.

Page 3: In recent years, the antiabortion push for adoption has been taken up as a broader evangelical cause. In 2007 Focus on the Family hosted an Evangelical Orphan Care and Adoption Summit in Colorado Springs. Ryan Dobson, the adopted son of Focus founder James Dobson, has campaigned on behalf of CHFS and Unruh’s Alpha Center. Last year 600 church and ministry leaders gathered in Florida to promote adoption through the Christian Alliance for Orphans. And a recent book in the idiosyncratic genre of prolife fiction, The River Nile, exalted a clinic that tricked abortion-seeking women into adoption instead.



8 comments ↓

#1 Costner on 09.02.09 at 8:51 pm

Not that I would ever want to be seen as supporting the quackery that stems from the mind of Unruh, but I honestly have no problem with agencies promoting the idea of adoption rather than abortion, and if they wish to provide financial incentives that is fine too (although I can see that backfiring depending upon the amount of money involved).

It is one thing to coerce or force women to give up their babies for adoption, and I would never condone putting up a false front and tricking women into thinking they are visiting an abortion clinic when in reality they are visiting a facility like the Alpha Center, but if they are merely offering alternatives to abortion… what is the problem?

I’d like to think everyone can agree that we want fewer abortions, so this is just one way we can make that happen. I might be missing something here – but from a high level and assuming all parties enter the agreement voluntarily this sounds like a win-win situation.

#2 l3wis on 09.02.09 at 8:52 pm

I agree about adoptions, but they need to be legal, and not administered by fanatics.

#3 Costner on 09.02.09 at 8:58 pm

Agreed – we shouldn’t have back alley adoptions any more than we have back alley abortions. Everything needs to be out in the open and legal.

#4 Randall on 09.03.09 at 7:02 am

“…if they are merely offering alternatives to abortion… what is the problem?”

“…five counts of unlicensed adoption and foster care practices; nineteen other charges were dropped, including four felonies.”

This is another example of a zealot (Unruh – who I believe is sick in the head) “doing whatever it takes” to accomplish her agenda because the “ends justify the means.”

“…money to carry their pregnancies to term and then relinquish their babies for adoption.”

“There were so many allegations about improper adoptions being made…”

Buying and selling babies is illegal in this, as well as most countries in the world. What kind of a sick mind could conceive of buying and selling babies for Christ’s sake? And how could such an evil person sleep at night? My God… I swear, I can’t believe that bitch isn’t behind bars – or in a rubber room – right now.

Christians my ass.

And these illegal activities were being funded with tax dollars.

#5 Ghost of Dude on 09.03.09 at 7:34 am

What kind of a sick mind could conceive of buying and selling babies for Christ’s sake?

I see what you did there.

#6 Costner on 09.03.09 at 7:54 am

I hear Sams’s Club has a 2-pack of slightly used Gosselin kids on sale for $49.99.

I don’t care who you are… thats just a good value right there.

#7 Ghost of Dude on 09.03.09 at 8:29 am

As long as they aren’t that Octomom knock-off brand. They need repairs right out of the box.

#8 Sy on 09.03.09 at 11:13 am

Some excellent points made in these posts that I wholeheartedly agree with, Costner’s in particular.

Conservtives must learn to be pragmatic when it comes to this issue. Outlawing abortion altogether without exceptions should be tossed away like a used condom.

Let’s be smart and advance legislation that for every degree of diffculty added to get an abortion, the same degree of difficulty is removed to get an adoption.

The spokespeople of this movement should be the ones who have walked the walk by having successfully adopted what would’ve been aborted children and have signed on for the long term to raise them, pretty sure LU doesn’t fit that category.

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