Posts Tagged ‘ crisis pregnancy centers

Pregnancy Center 1st Amendment Rights Restricted

New York City Council Bill No. 371 violates the First Amendment Rights of certain pregnancy centers in each of the five New York City boroughs. A similar measure is being proposed, SHB 1366, in Washington State fought by the formidable Beth Chase and her team. US District Judge Marvin Garbis, ruled similar legislation affecting Baltimore’s crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) unconstitutional on the grounds that it was in violation of protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Ignoring that ruling abortion proponents turned politicians insist on wasting tax payer time and resources to fight unconstitutional legislation and legislation that the people don’t even want! See the recent study conducted of NYC population here.  To be clear these bills are unnecessary. There are no recorded complaints in New York City records regarding the pregnancy resource centers impacted by this legislation. In fact, no pregnancy center has ever been the target of a single lawsuit in New York State history. We should be celebrating, not denigrating the vital service these centers provide. The pregnancy centers in question offer free services to an under-served population. The population of women facing unplanned pregnancy are being victimized by an abortion industry that refuses to follow ethical medical standards of care. The same industry that refuses to disclose their financial conflict of interest to women, (e.g. that they have a vested financial interest in a woman’s decision to abort her child rather than carry to term). The same industry that refuse to foster an environment of true informed consent about the true nature of all her options including costs and potential immediate and long term side-effects. It is cowardly, reprehensible, and unethical that the abortion industry, which has a monopoly on serving women facing unplanned pregnancy, be allowed to legislate their competition out of business.

As executives we must speak against these dangerous and nefarious acts. Click HERE to submit letters to the editor of any newspaper in your State.

You can also encourage Mayor Bloomberg of New York City to veto the precedent setting bill eroding the constitutional rights of his constituency by clicking HERE.

Call for Standards and Accountability

CompassCare has been beating the drum of standards and accountability since 2005 when we copyrighted the first Linear Service Model for medical pregnancy centers ever. After seeing 2039 women at risk for abortion having their babies in 2010 in just 10 PRCs we have seen the value. Value not just in terms of being more effective with the mission of reaching women and helping them have their babies but value in terms of leadership confidence. We as executives know that we have the moral high ground and can be as bold as we need to be in order to safeguard the organizations we run. Whether we’re talking to a Senator about regulatory legislation, communicating to donors, responding to the media, or exposing abortionists for their immoral and fraudulent practices a linear service model frees us to lead with confidence. Since 2005 there have been many instances on both sides of the service coin (abortionists and pregnancy centers alike) where objective standards and documented evidence of accountability would have served the cause of women and children well. As this is being written there is legislation being considered in Washington State and New York that would regulate pregnancy centers. One of the key arguments from the abortion lobby is that Pregnancy Centers adhear to no set standard and therefore need to be governed. We all know that abortionists if regulated are not held accountable to those regulations as seen in the recent horror in PA and the Planned Parenthood clinic in NJ. See my comments on the latest revelations of abortionists on with Twitter (see right hand column below) and Facebook too.

As pregnancy centers we are uniquely suited to set the standard for women’s reproductive health in America. But we must first implement those standards in our own centers first. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; “For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.” My concern is that many pregnancy centers are ‘weak and sick’ because of a lack of appropriate judgment (self-discipline) that only comes with delivering professional services (medical or counseling) in line with accepted industry standards. Government regulatory legislation is a judgment that will ultimately condemn the pro-life pregnancy care movement to the religion of secular humanism.

New Linear Service Model: Practical Insights Blog

CompassCare is excited to announce another new and free resource for medical pregnancy center executives. Announcing the “Linear Service Model: Practical Insights” blog dedicated to communicating the actual results, experiences, and lessons learned from pregnancy centers that are currently using a linear service model (LSM) to reach and serve women seriously considering abortion more effectively.

Valuable nuggets of a LSM: Where theory becomes reality

Check it out at www.prcoptimizationtool.com/prc-ot-blog/

PA Abortion Provider-40 Lawsuits and 9 Staff in Custody

State Health Departments fail to enforce existing regulations for abortion providers and Pennsylvania is no exception.

A very astute pregnancy center executive running a highly effective linear service operation recently said, “Abortion providers are morally incapable of providing ethical medical services.” And every once in a while that truth becomes obvious. If there are regulations they are not enforced. If there are no regulations abortion proponents like NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU work tirelessly to keep it that way.

For a woman abortion is the result of her feeling trapped, like she has no choice at all. What we need is a community committed to helping women have their babies-it is then that women will not feel the need to have abortions, it is then that the American abortion trend will be reversed. Ideologically, who would NOT covet that future but the people who profit from abortion (e.g. venal coward politicians and money grubbing baby killers)? That’s right, venal cowards and baby killers. Whatever happened to nobility and virtue? Whatever happened to repentance of sin and self-sacrifice for others? Abortion is a symptom not of differing opinions about issues but rather a symptom of a culture rotting from the inside out. And the stench sometimes seeps into the sinuses of sycophantic media suck ups whose public decry is only as deep as the tears caused by the sting of a sliced onion. The government wields the sword to protect its citizenry from people like this. What happens when the government takes a moral position to call that which is evil ‘good’ like it has done with abortion? A slippery slope of moral degradation and an ever increasing amount of societal chaos over which the government is truly powerless. Today is a new day. Let us solve the problem that our forerunners were either too lazy or too morally bankrupt to solve the 38 years ago.

The time is coming when all service providers, pro-life pregnancy resource centers and abortion providers alike, will be regulated. Either we govern ourselves or we will be governed. Implementing  linear service model is the only way to ensure that services are being delivered to all clients and patients in an ethical manner according to current medical and counseling standards of care. Good intentions are not enough anymore. Learn more about the importance of a linear service model and how it can dramatically improve your center’s ability to reduce risk of liability while at the same time increase the number of abortion minded women your center is able to reach and serve. prcoptimizationtool.com

Pregnancy Centers in Real Danger

We learned a lot by CompassCare testifying at a hearing of the New York City Council yesterday. For my official testimony click NYC Legislation Regulating Pregnancy Centers.

Pregnancy Centers on the Dock

What we realized at this hearing was that Pregnancy Centers are at greater risk than we thought. The council itself seemed to be colluding with NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the Health Department, the NYCLU, and the Department of Commerce. All questions were staged and scripted using unsubstantiated anecdotes in an attempt to paint a picture of pregnancy centers as coercive and manipulative. The irony of the allegations was thick as they were using the exact same tactics to condemn their opponents-emotional manipulation and coercion. However, this NARAL strategy has become very effective. Their attempt to regulate pregnancy centers at the State and city ordinance level is starting to work in other cities like Baltimore and Austin to say nothing of Washington State. Additionally, the fact that they have now gotten traction in New York city means they are making a national statement. As NYC is the nation’s abortion hub with over 40% of all pregnancies ending in abortion at approximately 82,000 annually it and the State of New York are being used as a testing ground for new allegations in their strategic objective. Given the fact that the leader of NARAL New York endorsed New York’s incoming Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, and is now on the committee to help him make a smooth ‘transition’ into office it would appear that they will be making a broader Statewide effort to impose new regulatory legislation fueled possibly by more official investigations.

NARAL’s most recent strategy has been effective at passing regulatory legislation in other cities. However they have introduced new allegations with real teeth in New York that Pregnancy Center Executives must be aware of. Click the following for an outline of NARAL’s effective PRC regulation campaign: General NARAL anti-CPC strategy 11-17-10

The following are the new NARAL allegations regarding Pregnancy Centers that if proven to be true could result in more serious investigations and possible litigation. They say that Pregnancy Centers:

  1. Are unregulated and non-standardized even within their own industry
  2. Harm women and her baby by keeping her from getting pre-natal care as soon as possible
  3. Harm women by forcing her to delay an abortion since abortion complications increase with each week of pregnancy
  4. Harm woman financially because abortion becomes more costly the longer she waits
  5. Illegally provide pregnancy diagnosis without medical license (citing derivative diagnosis by sonographers saying things like, “Your baby is beautiful” without getting physician to verify the pregnancy)

What’s the upshot? Pregnancy centers are in the crosshairs and need to be prepared. Pregnancy centers that provide ultrasound technology need to understand that if they are to survive the coming storm will need to become medical offices providing all patients with medical services through a medical professional, approved and supervised by the medical director. This must be documented on a per patient basis. A new day is dawning and if pregnancy centers want to continue to serve women seriously considering abortion freely and without government regulation they cannot afford to continue to use a traditional global services model with an ultrasound machine on site.

For more information on how to standardize medical services and convert to a linear service model go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

CompassCare Pregnancy Center Optimization Conference

CompassCare has trained many medical pregnancy centers in several States to “Optimize” their services in order to reach more women seriously considering abortion and help them have their babies more effectively. The results have been staggering. For last couple years the Executives of those pregnancy centers have been requesting CompassCare to host a conference just for them in Rochester, NY where it all started. This year we gave in and said yes. We decided to open it up to other Executives so that they could get a glimpse of the inside of the CompassCare network of high-performing medical pregnancy centers. The conference will be held on April 20-22.

If you are interested in more information go to www.compasscaretraining.org

Dodging the Bullet of State Legislation

Its coming . . . more and more attempts to regulate pregnancy centers with State legislation. So far most of them have failed but the abortion industry is getting better at figuring out our internal weaknesses in an effort to limit women’s access to pregnancy centers. Some think that negative regulatory legislation aimed at Pregnancy Centers may happen as early as next year!

All the abortion industry needs is one State to pass restrictive legislation and it could pave the way for other States to follow in their steps. The last thing we want is for the State to begin regulating what Pregnancy Centers do. What we really need is to show the States that we follow standards of our own.

Up until last week Washington State was one of those States. From what I understand the legislation would have made it possible for a woman to sue a pregnancy center ‘for damages’ if she simply did not like what she was told while there. Also, if the Pregnancy Center for some reason were to win the lawsuit it would have made it illegal for them to recover their legal costs from the plaintiff. So not only could they be sued but if they won they would still have to pay for the cost of an expensive lawsuit themselves.

New York Pregnancy Centers have been the target of several pieces of legislation designed to hinder their ability to free speech in marketing as well as limiting their ability to provide limited medical services like ultrasound. In 2006 New York’s Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced a federal bill restricting the free speech of ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ that was actually backed by the ACLU, an organization committed to the broadest interpretation of free speech.

Virginia just a few days ago let a bill die as the legislative session ended for the year without a vote. The idea was to set standards for pregnancy centers to follow informed by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). They even performed an undercover investigation and wrote a report on it (click here to see that report). See their YouTube video about it below.

What is the solution? We need a return to excellence. We need documented ethical standards of our own. Furthermore, we need documented processes outlining the way we serve every pregnant woman including what we say as well as when it is said and by whom. We need to show that the way we provide medical services to women facing unintended pregnancy is the highest and only standard of care and that even abortion-providers should follow our protocols . . . because they are right, they don’t just feel right. Do you know what is being said to each woman when the door to the counseling room is shut? Do you know for sure that your nurses are not using medical tools to intentionally manipulate women’s emotions. Do you know for sure that your counselors are not dispensing any type of information that could be considered medical in nature? Do have people without a medical license running pregnancy tests? What exactly is being said to women when they are scheduled for an appointment? If all you have to go on is one person who says something like, “We have good counselors . . . they would never say anything they are not supposed to say” then you as an executive can be fairly certain you’ve got problem.

Here is the Acid Test to know if your organization is doing the right things in the right way: Everything you do is written down in a book that everyone follows, parts of which are even memorized as scripts. If you can’t point to that book, and I’m NOT talking about a Policy manual, then it is impossible for your organization to consistently meet any ethical standard. If by some stretch of the imagination your organization is so well run that you hit the bull’s eye let’s say for 1 ethical standard you could not prove it in a court of law without that book and the documentation that each person was trained in doing their job exactly according to the book AND that you have documentation that they followed their training with each and every patient. That is standardization.

“But abortionists don’t do that why should we?” you might ask. It is because they don’t regulate themselves that it is imperative we do. Once we have a clear, well thought out, ethical application of information and medical services aimed at helping women facing unplanned pregnancy to make a truly informed decision then we will have the high ground, then we can begin to see legislation drafted and passed regulating the irresponsible, self-interested, unethical abortion industry. But this will take commitment on the part of the executive, a commitment to applying a linear services model, to changing the way things are done. To learn more about implementing a written, linear service model click on the new CompassCare Training Website here: www.compasscaretraining.org