Never give in then, my dear brothers, never admit defeat; keep on
working at the Lord's work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you
cannot be laboring in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58.
Anti-choice people don't care about women, only fetuses. If they were
really 'pro-life,' they would focus their attention on those
already born the women! They would work to help feed, clothe, and
educate these women, and they would promote contraception, which would
lead to fewer of the abortions they're trying to prevent in the first
The tactic of using fraudulent clinics to entrap and frighten poor
women into continuing their pregnancies is truly despicable. These
'centers' do nothing but propagandize pregnant women with scary films,
inaccurate facts, and pressure tactics to keep their 'babies.' These
'centers' should either be shut down entirely or strictly regulated by
CPCs: An Honorable Pro-Life Tradition.
Speak, yourself, on behalf of the dumb, on behalf of all the
unwanted; speak, yourself, pronounce a just verdict, uphold the rights
of the poor, of the needy.
The organized American pro-life movement in America has a very long
and honorable history. It is more than a century older than the Republic
at least 350 years.
The oldest manifestation of the American pro-life movement consisted
of chains of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, whose operating methods and range
of services were remarkably similar to those that exist today.
Between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century, leading
pro-life organizations included the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU),
the Society for the Suppression of Vice, the YMCA and YWCA, the Florence
Crittenden Society, and the Salvation Army (the latter three groups are
Before 1900, the slogan "Adoption, Not Abortion" was even
more popular that it is today. There existed literally hundreds of
Crisis Pregnancy Centers and shepherding homes for unwed mothers, some
with room for more than 1,000 to live at one time. Their names were
legion: Some of the largest chains of sheltering homes and CPCs included
the Homes of Mercy, Door of Hope, the Life and Hope Missions, the Rescue
Missions, Beulah House, the Jewish Home for Girls, the Home for the
Friendless, Bethany Home, the Norwegian Home of Shelter, the National
League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, the Association for
Befriending Children and Young Girls, the New Shelter for Young Women,
the Magdalene Benevolence Society, the House of Mercy, the House of the
Good Shepherd, and Boynton Refuge Home.
Modern History of CPCs.
In 1967, Bob Pearson organized the first Crisis Pregnancy Center
(CPC) in Hawaii as a response to that state's recently liberalized
abortion laws. by 1978, eight CPCs were operating in Hawaii, and since
1979 the Pearson Foundation has acted as a national clearinghouse for
Pro-life organizations, including the Pearson Foundation and the
Christian Action Council, have opened more than 2,000 Crisis Pregnancy
Centers over the last ten years in the United States.
In 1983, about 855,000 women were counseled in the nation's 2,900
crisis pregnancy centers. Of these women, about 40 percent had first
visited pro-abortion 'counseling' centers or abortion mills. Of these
women, about 650,000 decided to keep their babies a CPC 'success' rate
of 76 percent.
This success rate is extremely significant when compared to the
abortion rate of women in the general public and those who are
'counseled' by Planned Parenthood, as shown below.
ABORTION RATES FOR WOMEN BY TYPE OF COUNSELING
All pregnant United States
Women counseled by CPCs
Women 'counseled' by Planned
Persecution of the
Because Crisis Pregnancy Centers are so effective, and because the
anti-life people are truly "pro-abortion," groups like the
National Organization for Women (NOW) have launched a nationwide program
whose ultimate objective is the destruction of every CPC in this
country. The pro-aborts are attempting to create an environment so
hostile to CPCs that nobody will even dare try to organize one.
The reason for these attacks can be simply stated: The more than half
a million babies saved by the crisis pregnancy centers each year means
tens of millions of dollars of lost profit for the abortionists.
Although pro-abortion forces all around the country are trying to
shut down CPCs, two cases in particular are significant due to the sheer
viciousness of the legal assaults mounted against veteran baby-savers.
These cases are described below.
Mother and Unborn Baby Care.
Charles J. Pelletier Jr., a highly decorated veteran of two Vietnam
tours, founded the Mother and Unborn Baby Care of North Texas in June of
1984. Pelletier, whose Vietnam wounds left him a paraplegic, was so
successful in his quest that he was named the 1987 "Humanitarian of
the Year" by the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
Over a period of three years, his CPC cared for about 6,000 clients.
Of 1,280 clients who initially intended to abort their babies, 1,100, or
85 percent, chose to have their babies. This tremendous success rate
enraged the abortionists because it was cutting into their killing
So the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) attacked Pelletier's CPC. They convinced the
State of Texas to serve as plaintiff, thereby sparing themselves legal
expenses. The primary allegation made by the State of Texas was that
Mother and Unborn Baby Care did not advertise that it did not do
abortions, which the pro-aborts said was a violation of the State
During the resulting kangaroo trial, Judge George Crowley effectively
crippled the CPC's defense lawyers by prohibiting any of the following
from being introduced into evidence;
• any reference to the morality or ethics of abortion;
• any reference to the financial assistance of the CPC to its
• any reference whatever to fetal development, fetal pain, informed
effects of abortion on women, or any other aspect of
• even any mention of the fact that such evidence had been excluded!
One of the three individual plaintiffs, under the pseudonym
"Elizabeth Collins," had charged on the CBS television program
"West 57th" that Pelletier's CPC had imprisoned her. She later
told pro-lifers that she had lied on the program and had perjured
herself on the stand and offered to testify for the defense of the CPC.
However, the judge, determined to secure a conviction at any cost,
prohibited her from testifying by allowing the State to file an amended
On October 4, 1986, having been deprived of all of the most critical
evidence, 11 of 12 jurors found Pelletier and his CPC guilty of
deceptive trade practices. They recommended that the CPC be permanently
closed and levied fines and costs of over $130,000.
Judge Crowley had stated that no members of the jury could be
"pro-life" or "pro-abortion," but
"pro-choice" was allowable! Being a former ACLU lawyer, the
judge knew exactly what these words meant, and exactly the effect they
would have on jury selection and, ultimately, the outcome of the
The Lourdes Foundation.
The City of San Francisco brought suit against the Lourdes
Foundation, a CPC, for false advertising and running a black market baby
operation(!). The court made the entire trial just as difficult as it
could for the CPC. On several occasions, pro-life expert witnesses flew
across the country at great personal expense, only to find that the
trial had been rescheduled. Naturally, pro-abortion witnesses from the
East Coast received ample notice so they could cancel their flights each
The District Attorney's office, while complaining of a 'severe
manpower shortage' which crippled its prosecution of violent crimes such
as rape and drug dealing, expended thousands of man-hours in vigilantly
monitoring the CPC. It made hundreds of fake 'checkup' calls to the
center in order to insure that it was complying with the judge's orders
to the letter.
In their no-holds-barred attempt to shut off any option other than
abortion, anti-lifers have initiated attacks against other CPCs all over
In Manhattan, the "stone heart" of America's abortion
industry, CPCs are ruthlessly hounded by the media, pressured
relentlessly by a District Attorney's office that says it is
short-handed, and spied on constantly by pro-abortion decoys.
The Des Plaines (Illinois) Pro-Life Pregnancy Problem Center was sued
by the National Organization for Women under the Clayton Act, the
Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations
Act (RICO) for the heinous crime of burying the bodies of 2,000 aborted
babies found on a loading dock.
And Now the Good News ...
From the period 1985 to 1990, pro-abortionists have succeeded in
forcing exactly six Crisis Pregnancy Centers to close, at an estimated
cost to themselves and their respective States of about two million
During the same time period, however, more than 400 more CPCs have
come on-line, for a net gain of 394. And these CPCs continue to save
more babies with each passing year.
And so, CPCs are saving more babies than ever before, in spite of all
Resources for Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
Even if abortion is made illegal all over the country,
pro-abortionists will continue to push for baby-killing, and women will
still find themselves in crisis pregnancies. Therefore, there will
always be a need for CPCs, regardless of the legal situation.
The following national organizations can provide all the information
and expertise required to start up a crisis pregnancy center in your
Bethany Christian Services
901 Eastern Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Telephone: (616) 459-6273
This is a group that includes adoption agencies in 22 states and has a
toll-free pregnancy helpline at 1-800-BETHANY.
686 North Broad Street
Woodbury, New Jersey 08096
Telephone: (609) 848-1819
Birthright operates 550 pregnancy help centers in the United States
Christian Action Council (CAC)
101 West Broad Street, Suite 500
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
Telephone: (703) 237-2100.
The CAC has VHS format television spots for CPCs. These may be viewed
ahead of time for free.
The Pearson Institute
3663 Lindell Boulevard, Suite 290
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Telephone: 1-800-633-2252, extension 701
Runs 150 Crisis Pregnancy Centers and does instruction in natural
Women Affirming Life, Inc.
Federal Reserve Plaza
600 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2700
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
This is a national organization of Catholic women who help pregnant
women through difficult pregnancies.
References: Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
 Marvin Olasky. "Victorian Secret: Pro-Life Victories in
19th-Century America." Policy Review, Spring 1992, pages 30
 Cathy Deeds. "NARAL's "Silent No More" Ignores
"Silenced Ones."" National Right to Life News, May
30, 1985, page 7.
 Arthur J. Brew. "Crisis Pregnancy Center Case Might Go to
Supreme Court." The Wanderer, June 9, 1988, page 1.
 Thomas W. Case. "Freedom of Choice, San Francisco
Style." Fidelity Magazine, July/August 1988, pages 8-10.
 "Defense Gagged in Texas Courtroom; Jury Convicts Pro-Life
Center; Urges Fines." ALL News, November 28, 1986, pages 1.
Also "ALL News Briefs." ALL News, March 9, 1987, page
Resources and Further Reading: Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
Jay E. Adams. Competent to Counsel.
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, Phillipsburg, New
Jersey. 1978, 286 pages. The details of and Scriptural basis of
Nouthetic and Rogerian counseling. This book is aimed primarily towards
the pastor, but its theoretical discussions will be of use to the
experienced sidewalk counselor.
Lynda Allison. Lisa Said No.
Hazelwood, Missouri: Word Aflame Press. 1989, 188 pages. Reviewed by
Ed Hurlbutt on page 53 of the August-September 1989 ALL About Issues.
The story of how a young girl chooses life over death after being
Jeanne Anders. Leslie.
Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, 1987. 174 pages. Fictional
story of a Christian woman who faces a series of tough 'life-issues'
questions. Reviewed by Leslie Bond on page 13 of the August 13, 1987
issue of National Right to Life News.
A Dad Named Bill. Daddy, I'm Pregnant.
Multnomah Press, 8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon 97220. 1987,
133 pages. The story of a family's experience of their daughter's
pregnancy and then the death of the child after only seven days. A story
of God's grace throughout the twin ordeals and how the family was
actually strengthened by them.
Jerry Falwell. If I Should Die Before I Wake.
New York: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986. 218 pages. This unusual
book narrates alternatively the thoughts of "Jennifer," a
young woman contemplating abortion, and Falwell, as he gradually
realizes that rhetoric against abortion is not enough. This thinking has
led Rev. Falwell to establish several crisis pregnancy centers.
Thomas A. Glessner. Achieving an Abortion-Free American By 2001.
Portland, Oregon: Multnomah Press, 1990, 281 pages. The director of
the Christian Action Council traces the history of the destruction of
protection for the unborn in this country and outlines a political and
legislative strategy for rebuilding it. The book has good emphasis on
attacking and defunding Planned Parenthood. Appendix D is Marvin
Olasky's very useful analysis of the abortophile public relations
campaign against crisis pregnancy centers.
Father Michael Mannion. Abortion and Healing: A Cry to be Whole.
Kansas City, Missouri: Sheed & Ward, 1986. 111 pages. Reviewed
by Regis Walling on pages 268 and 269 of the Fall 1986 issue of the
International Review of Natural Family Planning and by Olivia Gans in
the January 15, 1987 issue of National Right to Life News, page
18. Father Mannion's book draws on his experience in counseling
post-abortive women and other troubled persons. This book could most
accurately be characterized as a collection of the author's thoughts on
abortion, ministry, and other subjects, with questions at the end of
each chapter for the reader's reflection. The intended audience for this
book is not aborted women themselves, but rather those who counsel them.
Susan and Marvin Olasky. More Than Kindness: A Compassionate
Approach to Crisis Childbearing.
Crossway Books, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. 1990, 221 pages. A
three-part presentation on how to deal with women experiencing a crisis
pregnancy: How to identify the problem and gather knowledge, how to
physically approach the problem, and how to support adoption
alternatives and the family.
Linda Roggow and Carolyn Owens. Handbook for Pregnant Teenagers.
Zonder-Van Press, 1984. 142 pages. Reviewed by Debra Braun in the
October 24, 1985 ALL News. Finally, a pro-life book for pregnant
teenage girls! This book should be in every CPC and every library. It
explains the three real options in such a case adoption,
marriage, and single parenthood. It goes into some detail on how to
approach family members and how to deal with and analyze their
reactions. The last chapter encourages the pregnant girl to trust in God
and have courage. The book also includes a resource list and guide to
national crisis pregnancy centers. Good for calming down teens and
parents and guiding them in thinking about their situation in a rational
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