July 3, 2012 — Abortion-rights opponents recently received approval to build a crisis pregnancy center in Duluth, Minn., across from the area's only abortion provider, the Women's Health Center, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports. Construction on the new facility -- called the Women's Care Center -- will begin this summer.
WCC Director Angie Wambach said the center will offer no-cost services, including counseling, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, prenatal education and parenting training for new parents and women facing unplanned pregnancies. She added that the clinic's staff is "not there to change anyone's mind" and "would never mislead anyone if they come there by mistake."
However, a December 2010 letter soliciting funding for the project said the CPC would help encourage "abortion-minded young women" to continue their pregnancies and noted that the number abortions in the county had increased. "For this reason, we are opening a new pregnancy resource center in the heart of our city immediately proximate to the Women's Health Center (abortion clinic)," said the letter, which was signed by Wambach.
Opposition to CPC
Laurie Casey, executive director of the Women's Health Center, believes that the CPC's location was intentionally chosen to confuse women seeking abortion care. CPCs "try to get [women] to come to their place by mistake. Usually, they give inaccurate medical information and try to change a woman's mind," she said, adding that the similar sounding name only adds to the confusion.
A recent investigation by NARAL Pro Choice Minnesota found that CPCs in the state often try to hide their antiabortion agenda by saying that they provide women with comprehensive counseling. In fact, they provide women with inaccurate information about abortion and the procedure's long-term health risks, according to the report (Renalls, Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, 7/1).
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