Crisis Pregnancy Center Accused of Coercive Adoption Techniques Receives Federal Funding

Following on to Kathryn Joyce’s piece on Crisis Pregnancy Centers and adoption today on RH Reality Check (in which Joyce points to Bethany Adoption center as an example), Sarah Posner reports today in the American Prospect that in addition to other federal money, Bethany has recieved 8 federal grants totalling over $3 million in 2009:

Bush-era abstinence-only funding isn’t the only federal funding Bethany
has received — or continues to receive. According to a Department of
Health and Human Services database, Bethany received eight federal
grants worth over $3 million in 2009, including for abstinence-only
education, healthy marriage promotion, and "embryo donation and/or
adoption public awareness." And HHS used a Bethany representative on a
panel in August for its conference entitled "Strong Practices, Bright Promises," about healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs.

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  • crowepps

    Marriage Savers is a nationwide ministry that works through religious congregations to help couples prepare for and strengthen their marriages. Its principal strategy is to establish a community-wide marriage policy in which ministers, priests, and rabbis work together and devote resources to strengthen marriages and decrease the community’s divorce rate. With the help of participating clergy, Marriage Saver trainers recruit mentoring couples to help engaged couples prepare for marriage or to help married couples strengthen their existing commitment. Trained mentoring couples also provide ongoing guidance and support to couples facing marital problems. Marriage Savers encourages clergy to require at least four months of marriage preparation, including a premarital inventory. The program also recommends clergy-led weekend retreats for married couples who are seeking to improve their relationship skills.

    Sorry, but I really strongly object to using tax monies to pay ‘ministers, priests and rabbis’ to do marriage classes and/or counseling or lead weekend retreats. Religious training of any kind should be privately funded.