Resource book for teens omits crisis pregnancy center

A handbook given out to pregnant teens that was meant to provide resources in the community included Planned Parenthood, but not a local crisis pregnancy center:

“… Let’s look more closely at programs in one midsize southwestern city. The Teenage Parent Council of Austin, Texas, publishes a “Green Book” resource directory for “teens, pregnant teens, and teenage parents.” The book, touted as a directory of services available in Austin and Travis County, includes agencies that provide counseling, medical services, birth control, abortion, adoption, maternity homes, health and education programs, social services, legal aid, shelter, transportation and other miscellaneous helps – but it excludes the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center because it is pro-life and attempts to promote sexual abstinence among the unmarried.”

The Teenage Parent Council hands out a listing of birth control purveyors and abortionists who “are committed to helping teens feel comfortable when they come for services or for information. All of these clinics provide confidential services. That means that no one, not even parents, is informed about your birth control visit.”

Susan Olasky, Marvin Olasky More than Kindness: A Compassionate Approach to Crisis Childbearing (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway books, 1990) 41

The text from the Teenage Parent Council comes from Garfinkel, Sara S McLanahan Single Mothers and Their Children (Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 1986) 82

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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