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Crisis Pregnancy Centers Should Be Regulated As Healthcare Providers

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Started: 6/11/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Firstly, let us go over some simple rules.
1. Firstly, we are talking about American Law. Please don't mention other countries unless they have similar issues with CPCs.
2. Please do your best to source any information you can, if it has nothing to do with ethics.
3. The definition of a CPC: "A crisis pregnancy center (CPC), sometimes called a pregnancy resource center (PRC),[1] is a type of nonprofit organization established to counsel pregnant women against having an abortion. CPCs generally provide peer counseling related to abortion, pregnancy, and childbirth, and may also offer additional non-medical services such as financial assistance, child-rearing resources, and adoption referrals. CPCs are typically run by pro-life Christians according to a conservative Christian philosophy, and they often operate in affiliation with one of three non-profit organizations."
4. Please refrain from unprofessional conduct.

-Argument begins-

One problem with CPCs is the pressure they put on women to carry to term, and the medical misinformation they often provide. Including telling women that it is safer to carry to term, when the abortion mortality rate is lower than United States birth mortality rates, and the mortality rates of many medical procedures - including colonoscopy. Another common claim is a link between abortions and breast cancer. However, the National Cancer Institute has refuted that claim, saying there is not, and never has been a link between the two.

Another problem is the misinformation around preventative birth control, such as condoms, and the pill. If you're a pro-lifer (a true pro-lifer), birth control should be your favourite thing in the world - it lets people have sex, and reduces how many women need or want an abortion. But, Heartbeat International, the organization that runs many CPCs, has gone on the record saying that condoms are ineffective in preventing pregnancy. Here is where the true intention of a CPC that doesn't support contraception. They support controlling women's sexuality, not ending abortion.

Thirdly, is the gross emotional manipulation that CPCs will go through to shut down a women's decision to have an abortion. Many times, they will offer a free ultrasound or pregnancy test to a woman who believes that she is pregnant. They don't have a medical license to operate that machine. They will often write messages such as "Hi, Mommy and Daddy" completely unsolicited, in an attempt to guilt the client. Sometimes they will shame women entering a clinic until she breaks down and goes to the center with them.

Finally, is the limited help. Many CPCs provide diapers and parenting classes, which is great for women who want to become mothers. However, Abby Johnson, an anti-abortion activist, has said at a Heartbeat International conference that the mothers should be cut off from those resources after 6 months. So essentially she's saying that they can't take care of a baby forever, and do not have the resources, time, or best circumstances to do so, which are the exact reasons women seek abortions.

Regulating the CPCs as healthcare providers would require that they disclose that they are a CPC, that they end the emotional manipulation, provide medically accurate information and to continue to care for those who need it.


I will offer my Point of View on this Issue and then I will respond to your Points in the Next Round.

It is the View of the CON aka Me that Crisis Pregnancy Centers should not be regulated as Healthcare Providers.

Government does not have the Power to regulate Faith Based Enterprises. Doing so would violate the First Amendment Right to Practice One's Religion Freely without any Obstacle. For sure Abortion is a Controversial Issue, and one could debate it for days and days. BUT.....It doesn't mean that the Government could overextend it's Reach. Since Crisis Pregnancy Clinics are Non Profit and Faith Based, The Government can not regulate it the same as A Planned Parenthood Center.

The Government can not regulate Non Commercial Speech. And these Crisis Clinics are NonCommercial. They are NONPROFIT.

A Similar Situation happened around 2 Years ago.
The ACLU filed a Lawsuit forcing a Catholic Hospital to provide Abortions. The Federal Court shot it down..... the Government can't regulate a Religious Based Group and force it to provide the type of Services that would Violate their Beliefs.
Debate Round No. 1


Firstly, this regulation would by no means force the organization to provide abortions. This would only hold them accountable for the privacy of their patients, the medical information they would provide, and that they are licensed to perform any medical procedures such as an ultrasound. They should be held to the same standards as a Catholic hospital. While yes, I have a slew of problems with Catholic hospitals, they at least are in accordance with HIPPA, and do their best to provide sound information, which is commendable.

CPCs are wildly different. As I have said, they dispense medical misinformation, especially on the subject of the safety of abortion, and the efficacy of birth control. Being a faith-based organization has very little to do with regulating healthcare. What if your someone posing as a dentist told you that getting a root canal would give you cancer? Because that's what CPCs do. Many of them use the word choice in their names, and disguise themselves as clinics, because at that same conference Abby Johnson said that "the best client that you'll have is a client thinking you're an abortion clinic." If you were a woman who had been raped, and you wanted an abortion, would you like into one of these centers and be shamed, be manipulated into making a choice you didn't want to make? No, of course you wouldn't. You'd just want the situation to be over with.

That is my problem with CPCs. Their complete lack of transparency, and their gross incompetence in running a medical center. Spreading misinformation as dangerous as they do is the true problem. Not religion. Not being pro-life. Hurting people because you don't like the choices that they may make.
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Posted by 2far4u2CharlesDarwin 3 years ago
True that.
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