My Adventures at a Crisis Pregnancy Center Part II: In the Belly of the Beast

-by Julia Woods, student staff

No one tried to perform an exorcism on me.

“All of our services are free and confidential. We’re not a medical clinic, but we do use tests from a facility that’s 97-99% accurate.” I was certainly not expecting to hear that from an employee in a Crisis Pregnancy Center—nor was I expecting to hear the words, “The decision [to get an abortion] is up to you,” or, “It’s your body, and you have a choice.” I entered the office bracing myself for blatant judgment, preaching, and condemnation—but that wasn’t how it unfolded.

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My Adventures at a Crisis Pregnancy Center Part I: Scouting out the Ironically Named Real Choices CPC

-By Julia Woods, student staff

You’ve probably seen it before: “Pregnant? Scared? Alone? We can help.” These are ads for Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s), and they are everywhere—inside busses, tacked to bulletin boards on campus, taped to the inside stalls of public bathrooms, even inside the coupon booklets that they give out at the CU Bookstore—almost as ubiquitous as the CPC’s themselves. For every abortion clinic in the United States, there are five CPC’s—drive around the city and you can spot them tucked inside strip malls and office buildings, operating quietly beside hardware stores and Chinese restaurants.

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Mounting Threats to Women’s Healthcare Rights Create Anti-Woman Political Climate

-By Julia Woods, student staff

So far in 2012, our country has put women’s rights on trial. On the national level, conservative policy has shifted to restrict women’s access to health care, from demonizing everything abortion to birth control. Local Colorado politics have followed suit: some of our most basic liberties, such as the right to receive adequate healthcare, the right of each woman to her own individual sexuality, and the right to do as we choose with our own bodies, are all very much on the chopping block.

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