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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

Standardization, Accountability, Measurability, Continuous Improvement

CompassCare has been committed to serving the Pregnancy Center movement since 2006 by identifying standards, structuring client/patient care plans around those standards, providing real tools to maintain accountability of roles for those serving the women as well as creating and maintaining key measures that help each center know how well they are performing. This empowers the executive to make the targeted changes they need to make with their marketing or services that will keep them on the cutting of reaching and effectively serving that woman who says, “I need to have an abortion.” CompassCare is the only organization in the nation with a proven track record of helping pregnancy centers accomplish their mission in a way they have dreamed of doing for years (See CompassCare Case Histories). In fact, you can even watch interviews of executives that have experienced the difference by clicking here. But the real difference is in hearing about the experiences of the abortion-minded women we are all trying to reach.

CompassCare Is the National Pioneer in PRC Standardization, Accountability, Measurability, and Continuous Improvement

As a pioneer CompassCare led the charge to develop the first repeatable medical model in challenging New York State while most PRCs were under investigation by the then Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer. Out of that travail CompassCare birthed the first repeatable Linear Service Model of a medical PRC. CompassCare was the first to apply the terminology Global Services Model (GSM) and Linear Service Model (LSM) in an effort to teach executives at NIFLA about the distinct differences between the two paradigms. To read a history of the Linear Service Model in the PRC movement click here.

In fact, CompassCare has been fortunate enough to grow in such an adverse climate that we are often in a position to identify early what the abortion industry’s strategies will be and help pregnancy centers prepare for them. Many of the new allegations being leveled against pregnancy centers and how to avoid them were first taught by the CompassCare team. Listen to a list of free podcasts published in 2008 teaching PRC executives about the threats we as a movement are now facing and how to safeguard our organizations against them through standardization and accountability.

CompassCare is committed to helping pregnancy centers and executives in tangible ways to increase their effectiveness on the mission. We understand executives need answers from other executives who walk in their shoes day in and day out running pregnancy centers. For more information about the first and only comprehensive Linear Service Model (LSM), CompassCare’s Optimization Training program, click here. If you would like to contact a coach click here.

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.

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