Reprinted from PregnancyCenterTruth.com
The Pregnancy Help Center is licensed by the state of California as a Medical Clinic. Our mission is to offer compassionate care and accurate medical information to all clients. Our Medical Director, a licensed Ob/Gyn M.D. oversees our ultrasound program and all the results.
It’s important to hear the truth about pregnancy help centers and our practices. The following is reprinted from the Heartbeat International website, PregnancyCenterTruth.com:
CLAIM: “CPCs offer free ultrasounds and then give people inaccurate results.” – Teen Vogue, June 21, 2017
TRUTH: Women deserve access to quality, affordable health care services that comply with the highest standards of care. Free ultrasound services at pregnancy centers are provided under applicable national guidelines set forth by the American Institute in Ultrasound Medicine, the American College of Radiology, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The protocols that regulate the use of ultrasound technology in pregnancy help centers are the same ones that regulate its use all across the country.
As of 2017, more than 7 in 10 (or 1,944) of the estimated 2,752 pro-life pregnancy center sites nationwide offer limited ultrasound to accurately diagnose a viable pregnancy, establish that the pregnancy is intrauterine, and determine the baby’s gestational age.
According to a report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Heartbeat International and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) have provided training in the provision of limited obstetrical ultrasound to about 3,500 medical personnel, including RNs, registered diagnostic medical sonographers (RDMSs), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, MDs, and DOs. NIFLA has trained an additional 796 management professionals in the medical pregnancy center or clinic setting. As of 2017, about 7,500 of pregnancy center volunteers were estimated to be medical professionals
The impact of these volunteer medical services is considerable. In 2017, pregnancy centers in the U.S. delivered approximately 400,100 ultrasounds, an estimated community cost savings of more than $100 million.
While a vast majority of pregnancy center services are donor-funded, Planned Parenthood—which received $544 million in taxpayer funding in 2017 alone—charges its clients $150 for an intake visit that comprises an ultrasound, lab work and “options counseling” prior to an abortion. Many women report that Planned Parenthood did not allow them to view their ultrasound images, despite the fact that the woman paid for the ultrasound.
One woman, Donna from Indiana, says, “I have had two abortions, one in a Planned Parenthood clinic, one in a hospital where I was referred by Planned Parenthood. Neither time did I receive any counseling. I had an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood and they were very careful to turn the monitor away from me so that I could not see my baby on the screen. I was told it was just a small mass of tissue at such an early stage of pregnancy. I would have made different decisions if I had been given complete information.”
Medical accuracy is critical for any woman considering a life-changing procedure, and medical personnel at pregnancy centers are trained to provide just that. “A small mass of tissue” simply doesn’t describe the extraordinarily intricate development that occurs in the earliest stages of pregnancy. Any organization that says they uphold women’s health care should not obscure or hide the facts of basic human development.
2018 WALK FOR LIFE SOUTH BAY!
Please support the Pregnancy Help Center in Torrance and help us celebrate our 31st Annual Walk For Life South Bay on Saturday, May 19th at 8:30 a.m. Onsite registration starts at 7:30 a.m. be sure to get there early for coffee, bagels, raffle prizes, a warmup and more!
It’s the 31st year of Walk for Life South Bay, so please walk with us and show your enthusiasm to protect the women and babies we serve. Get your daily exercise and support a great cause at the same time.
Learn more about the Walk and pre-register online today Create your fundraising page, so you can start inviting friends and family to join your team and donate. If you’d like to print our walker brochure, please click here.
this Christmas, she contacted us in a desperate situation. Even though she has a job, the overwhelming financial burden of having two other children and paying for childcare for the baby caused Theresa to consider placing Kyle for adoption.
With compassionate understanding, Mary, our Client Services Manager, listened to her tearful story and swung into action to refer her to another organization for additional assistance. Thanks to the donations we receive from local churches we were able to provide her with many baby items, toys and gift cards to help her through the holidays.
My name is Alexa and my son Matthew James was born in 2016. He’s been a wonderful, easy baby and he makes me want to have more!
My pregnancy didn’t start out that easy. When I found out I was pregnant I was devastated and all I could do was cry. I have three children and they were all going to be in school soon, so I was planning to go back to work. I also thought the baby’s father might not stay around, so the timing couldn’t have been worse.
I had already gone to a family planning clinic. They told me about the different procedures available to terminate and asked if I was ready to schedule it, but I couldn’t make that kind of decision right then.
When I came to the Center everyone was kind, loving and warm. They said they would talk to me afterwards, even if I ended up having an abortion. That was comforting.
The nurse said lots of positive things and gave me the information I needed. When I left after the ultrasound exam, i still wasn’t sure what to do. It definitely helped to see the baby moving. After talking it out and praying a lot, I reached a conclusion a few days later — to have the baby.
What I found at the Center was patience, warmth, love and kindness, which is pretty much what every pregnant woman needs. Even thought it wasn’t the way I would have timed ti, everything has worked out well for me, and I’m glad I have my beautiful baby boy.
On Friday, April 8th, the Center was honored by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting celebration, with recognition from the Torrance City Council and Assemblyman David Hadley, who presented a State of California Resolution for 40 years of service to the South Bay Community.
The Center began as a crisis pregnancy hotline in 1971, founded by compassionate women who wanted to help other women experiencing the challenge of a crisis pregnancy. In 1976, the Center opened its doors in its current location as a crisis pregnancy counseling center.
In 1991 the Center was licensed by the State of California as a medical clinic and later expanded services to include breastfeeding and prenatal nutrition education, and STD testing.
In 2013 the Center launched ultrasound services, expanded its hours in order to help more women, and increased the number of staff members to handle the increased client demand.
In it’s 40th Anniversary year, the Center looks forward to launching a sexual integrity program for schools and continuing with its initiative to move to a much needed larger facility.
The 40th Anniversary celebration continues all year, and past volunteers, staff and clients are invited to participate and to contact the Center as soon as possible at 310-320-8976.