UPDATE (and another UPDATE DIRECTLY FOLLOWS THIS ONE): Theresa found this CPC at that Brooklyn location written about in that misleading PP story last week, so now I have to call them both. I suspect this new one is the right one:
Expectant Mother Care (EMC), 44 Court Street, Suite 1205, THIS LOCATION'S PHONE (718) 596-4300 (that webpage link has the phone numbers for all their 16 offices in the NYC area), is a family-like non-profit counseling service for young girls and women caught in an untimely pregnancy or in a cycle of promiscuity or post-abortion syndrome. Our calling is to serve the distraught and disadvantaged through life-affirming and pro-chastity education, counseling, on-site contracted medical care, and referrals.SECOND UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Chris Slattery, the founder and director of Expectant Mother Care (EMC), and they are indeed the CPC about whom that misleading Planned Parenthood article was written last week.
Founded by Chris Slattery in 1985 in Manhattan to provide alternatives-to-abortion support in New York City, EMC now serves over 4,200 young women per year in centers in fifteen locations. EMC is the largest and most effective pregnancy resource center group in the New York metropolitan area.
EMC serves sexually-active young girls or women of any age, pregnant or not, who are in need of pregnancy help or are considering abortion, or are hurting from abortion.
EMC's goals are to encourage expectant moms to choose motherhood, and either marriage, adoption, or self-sufficiency, and to turn toward chaste lifestyles. EMC strives to offer high-quality pre-natal care and in the future pediatrics, through physician partnerships, on-site at most of its centers.
Over the coming year, we expect to see over 4,200 new clients, of whom, based on past experience, 2,730 will be pregnant (65%). We would welcome your support of our life-affirming ministry.
Chris is a good friend of our good friend Theresa Bonopartis of Lumina, and that says it all for me.
They’ve been at that Brooklyn location since 1999, but Planned Parenthood and a second abortion clinic were there before (the second one does only late-term abortions). So for the anonymous woman to pick the pro-life CPC when there were two abortion clinics to find seems a bit unusual. Chris said Planned Parenthood's listing in the lobby and on their door is very clear (and their lobby directory listing came before the words she was drawn to, "Unplanned Pregnancy?") while EMC’s signs clearly are not now nor ever were pretending to be Planned Parenthood or the other abortion clinic.
Chris related that, despite that, about 10% of the women coming in to EMC think they’re Planned Parenthood. Most women who come in think that EMC is at least an abortion clinic, but then that is natural since virtually no one knows that pro-life CPCs even exist. How would they, when the CPCs aren’t ever reported in the mainstream media? There is virtually no publicity that there are over 4,800 life-affirming, confidential organizations and agencies (3,400 in the USA and 1,400 outside the USA) doing the same work as EMC. Any publicity about these places occurs when someone donates money for a billboard sign for a few months, or a public access TV commercial or a flyer distributed at a church function (rare indeed, sadly). Many of us, including Emily and myself, didn’t even know such places even existed until about five years ago. If we didn’t even know, how are pro-choice women supposed to know these places even exist and where they are located?
Unless, of course, they're fed the negative hype by Planned Parenthood, et. al.
And of all the women coming to EMC who were originally planning to have an abortion, two out of every three change their minds, gladly. The other one-third just leave.
As for the “it didn't seem very clean or well-kept” and “I don't think I would have chosen to give birth at the center” remarks, Chris related that “This is the cleanest of all our offices, the landlord is a stickler for clean. The entire building is this way.” He felt that the story teller contradicted herself perhaps in stating that she thought the place looked “comfortable and welcoming.” How can a place look comfortable and welcoming and also be unclean or unkept? They are contradictory descriptions, especially if she was thinking of EMC as a place to have a sanitary birth. I would not feel “comfortable” or “welcomed” if giving birth in an “unclean” room.
Secondly, Chris related that, in New York City at least, birthing centers per se are unpopular with minority women for actually giving birth. They almost always choose hospitals, as they’re fearful of complications. He gave the example of one birthing center in the Bronx that delivers prenatal care for 100 women at a time, but only 10 typically choose to give birth there. So this aversion to any place but a hospital for giving birth is more typical in NYC for medical complication reasons than for anything else.
The woman’s statement that “She also told me that the center would provide food and all of my prenatal care, including delivery” is where she probably confused “provide” with “provide themselves onsite.” Chris indicated
“We NEVER directly provide delivery services onsite or anywhere. We only provide prenatal care onsite. We do have our own clinic; it’s staffed by licensed medical doctors about two days a week. Though our offices are open 40 hours a week, the clinic handles about 20 prenatal care visits each week. We’d do more if the need became greater. If they don’t have medical insurance, we help them get the state-funded prenatal care and/or emergency Medicaid, whatever it takes. We end up subsidizing some of the cost of all the clinic work and care; we don’t make any money off of this. We get pro-life donations from people, that’s how we pay for it. We can always use help from such people.”So EMC helps the women get care and financial/medical coverage elsewhere, like to give birth at the hospitals, or to get a postnatal doctor for themselves and a pediatrician for their babies. They do not and never did perform birthing/delivery services onsite or anywhere else for that matter.
Chris admitted he hadn’t been aware of the “Hi, Mommy” sign on the ultrasound machine, and that he wasn’t sure if it was a great idea or not, even though it is a small sign.
So the truth is out. I’d like to see what Planned Parenthood has to say about it. But I’m not holding my breath.