Crisis Pregnancy Center Ad in College Paper: ‘Did Your Night [Drinking] Make You Two Weeks Late? Come to Us.’


Thursday’s print edition of the Texas A&M University newspaper, the Battalion, printed an advertisement for Hope Pregnancy Center, a local crisis pregnancy center (CPC), asking college students if a night out at the local bars “[made] them” pregnant. If so, “come to us,” the ad says.

The ad comes during an ongoing public debate about alcohol and rape, especially with regard to teenagers and young adults. The case of a teenage girl and her family who were brutally harassed after, as she told police, she was raped while intoxicated has sparked calls for justice. And a recent column by Emily Yoffe for Slate has sparked intense criticism for its implication that women college students could avoid being raped by not getting drunk. (As RH Reality Check has previously reported, sexual assault on campus is persistent and often mishandled by college administrations.)

Hope is one of a handful of CPCs in College Station, Texas, whose advertising targets college-age women. According to the center’s website, it exists to “serve women and men facing unplanned pregnancies” and will “communicate important medical information to you about your pregnancy.”

CPCs often say they are reproductive health-care facilities, but provide little if any actual medical care. They also routinely provide patients with misleading information about abortion. Hope offers a free pregnancy test, a limited obstetric ultrasound, and different types of counseling. The center does not provide well-woman exams, sexually transmitted infection screenings, or any other type of sexual health care.

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  • Maryanna Price

    CPCs should be illegal. They are back-alley obstetricians prcticing medicine without a license, who have the stated goal of lying to and harming pregnant people.

    • expect_resistance

      Right on! They should be illegal. They are not medical facilities.

    • Arekushieru

      I. FUCKING. LOVE. THIS!!!!!!

    • http://www.windwalkerphotography.biz/ Frank LaFerriere

      I believe the worst harm that comes to children in all of this, are the priests, pastors, ministers and rabbi’s of these religions and their incredible problem of not being able to stop molesting children. Each day, priests, ministers, pastors and these religious leaders have been busted again and again, for messing with children.

      So to protect the children in anyway we can from these pedophile FREAKS whom so happen to be so rampant in the Christian religion…then it is time to close down all the churches and synagogues.

      This is the ONLY way we can guarentee no other child is raped or beaten by a leader of any of these churches.

    • http://www.windwalkerphotography.biz/ Frank LaFerriere

      This is just in the last month or so and only involves priests, but I also have other ministers and pastors I will post about busted too for messing with kids or other sex crimes: So PLEASE tell me Maryanna…whom is more in danger here?

      September 21, 2013 A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths
      is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he
      admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.
      The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to
      post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor,
      indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and
      involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16

      Paulish, 56, has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton
      after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of
      absence.

      Paulish and the boy were caught by Dunmore police after Penn State
      Worthington Scranton security guards reported the priest’s car as
      suspicious when they saw it Thursday night parked near the tennis
      courts.

      The boy did not have pants on when police arrived and both later
      admitted to performing sex acts, police said. Paulish told investigators
      that he arranged the meeting through an ad he posted on Craigslist,
      police said.

      9/12/13 A Kansas City-area priest whose child pornography case led to a
      criminal conviction against a Roman Catholic bishop was sentenced
      Thursday to 50 years in federal prison.

      Prosecutors had asked that the Rev. Shawn Ratigan be sentenced to 10
      years in prison for each of five young victims after he pleaded guilty
      in August 2012 to five counts of producing and trying to produce child
      porn.

      October 12, 2013 The Rev. James McGonegal, pastor of a West Side Cleveland Catholic church, was charged today with soliciting sex while being HIV-positive.
      He had been arrested Friday in Edgewater Park.

      In the incident report released today, an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger said McGonegal offered the ranger $50 to help him “get off,” then exposed himself and masturbated, all while sitting inside his late-model Jeep SUV.

      The report said McGonegal had three sex devices in his Jeep when he was arrested around 12:45 p.m.

      September 23, 2013 Curtis Wehmeyer kept his white 2006 camper parked outside Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul where he served for six years, three of them as pastor.

      With the shades drawn, Wehmeyer could avoid the obligations of
      priestly life. He got drunk, smoked pot and looked at child pornography.
      He also lured to the camper two boys whose mother worked at the parish,
      plied them with alcohol, turned on pornography and told them to touch
      themselves. Several times, he touched one of the boys, according to police records.

      Soon after, police arrested Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty to sexually
      abusing the boys, ages 12 and 14, and possessing child pornography. A
      judge sentenced the priest to five years in prison.

  • cj99.willingness99@gmail.com

    nobody without proper medical training should be giving any kind of medical advice especially those with ulterior motives!

  • http://www.windwalkerphotography.biz/ Frank LaFerriere

    Please tell me, after these children are born…whom are going to protect them from people like these? These are all cases of children being harmed by those whom say they are the protectors and defenders of innocent children.

    September 21, 2013 A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he
    admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.

    The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to
    post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor,
    indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and
    involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16

    Paulish, 56, has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton
    after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of
    absence.

    Paulish and the boy were caught by Dunmore police after Penn State
    Worthington Scranton security guards reported the priest’s car as
    suspicious when they saw it Thursday night parked near the tennis
    courts.

    The boy did not have pants on when police arrived and both later
    admitted to performing sex acts, police said. Paulish told investigators
    that he arranged the meeting through an ad he posted on Craigslist,
    police said.

    9/12/13 A Kansas City-area priest whose child pornography case led to a
    criminal conviction against a Roman Catholic bishop was sentenced
    Thursday to 50 years in federal prison.

    Prosecutors had asked that the Rev. Shawn Ratigan be sentenced to 10
    years in prison for each of five young victims after he pleaded guilty
    in August 2012 to five counts of producing and trying to produce child
    porn.

    October 12, 2013 The Rev. James McGonegal, pastor of a West Side
    Cleveland Catholic church, was charged today with soliciting sex while
    being HIV-positive. He had been arrested Friday in Edgewater Park.

    In the incident report released today, an off-duty Cleveland
    Metroparks ranger said McGonegal offered the ranger $50 to help him “get
    off,” then exposed himself and masturbated, all while sitting inside
    his late-model Jeep SUV.

    The report said McGonegal had three sex devices in his Jeep when he was arrested around 12:45 p.m.

    September 23, 2013 Curtis Wehmeyer kept his white 2006 camper parked
    outside Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul where he served for six
    years, three of them as pastor.

    With the shades drawn, Wehmeyer could avoid the obligations of
    priestly life. He got drunk, smoked pot and looked at child pornography.
    He also lured to the camper two boys whose mother worked at the parish,
    plied them with alcohol, turned on pornography and told them to touch
    themselves. Several times, he touched one of the boys, according to police records.

    Soon after, police arrested Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty to sexually
    abusing the boys, ages 12 and 14, and possessing child pornography. A
    judge sentenced the priest to five years in prison.

  • Anna Strakele

    hahah! lets see if i can guess :P
    1. abortion will definitely give you malignant breast cancer
    2. you’ll see your dead child when you die and it’s going to hate you for eternity
    3. the little embryo is totally conscience and feels pain and screams. you can actually hear the scream
    4. every unwanted child is adopted. yours will be too!
    5. childbirth is a walk in the park. it’s not painful at all! who told you that?
    6. children aren’t expensive or time consuming at all! thousands of teen moms are doing great. just look around!

    i haven’t been to HPC, but i can only assume its bullshit like that ;P

    • CJ99

      I’ve actually heard some of those used, most often the 1st 3, and always by religious fundamentalists. All of which are disproven.

  • Anna Strakele

    Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood shut down in the community. Thanks to the budget cuts making it impossible for over half of their clientele to afford services, finances were just too short to make keeping the clinic open a reality. Really flies in the face of those anti-choicers screaming “PP made $860,000,000 in profit last year alone!”. But it was a searing slap in the face to the people who benefitted from that brave and REAL clinic’s services. It was the saddest day. RIP Bryan PP! I <3 youuuu!!!!!!!!!

  • fiona64

    I want to know how many pregnant men show up at the CPC. “… and men facing unwanted pregnancy,” my arse.

    • CJ99

      When I was in college I rarely went to the pub & never drank really (unless diet pepsi suddenly counts as alcohol) and never was 2 weeks late on a period which comes as no surprise. but in the real world lets put the blame in a more sensible place, guys who take unfair advantage (who are not all men but it does happen all too often) and those guys who don’t use protection when it is consensual.

  • CJ99

    The “bad heart” as you call it is your own.

  • CJ99

    Lets get them labelled for what they really are: cult recruiting centers that prey on the most vulnerable people.

  • CJ99

    Read your own comment. You discredit yourself when you call it an “article with poor research” yet it shows the newspaper advert being reported on and then use the hot button phrase “swing the door wide open for attacks from those with a little more information & a bad heart”. Indeed your assertion is completely without merit.

  • Donnie McLeod

    It is only interested in using fear, ignorance or want to fill vacant pews.

    • CJ99

      Those are seats that need to remain vacant for the sanity of everyone.

  • colleen

    Texas is closing it’s Planned Parenthood offices and replacing them with ‘clinics’ that exploit low income pregnant women, charge them more for services and, because there are adoption agencies associated with the fundie clinics, take their infants away from them. This is ‘non-violent’ according to the religious right. Apparently the religious right also believes that because they offer effective contraception to approved patients, we should ally with them, appreciate their spunky fundie feminism and convert because we sure as hell are going to have to listen to their constant proselytizing.

    Apparently fundie feminists believe it’s OK to exploit pregnant teenage girls. After all those girls sinned.

  • Jennifer Starr

    Actually, the article states exactly what it is about (the ad in the paper) and it’s a concise, well-written piece with plenty of examples and resources. I smell concern trolling here.