what’s in a name: crisis pregnancy center

Imagine a “crisis fire center” that would talk to you about the fire inside your house — and may even offer to replace your charred sofa — but wouldn’t, under any circumstances, help you put out the fire.

That’s the basic idea, here.

A “crisis pregnancy center” sounds like a place you can go if you’re pregnant and something is wrong. Something like you’re poor or sick or worried your family might disown you. Some kind of crisis.

What it actually is is a place you can go if you’re pregnant and you want to read some religious literature about abortion and maybe get a free sonogram. There are no social workers, police officers, psychologists, doctors, or lawyers around.

It’s almost as if these places are deliberately misleading vulnerable people.