As a feminist not living in Quebec, I guess I had an overly rosy view of how thoroughly the women of the province have shucked off centuries of patriarchy.
So this report
, issued on the 27th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision -- and let us never forget Quebec's role in that victory -- shocked the shit out of me.
The Federation of Quebec for Planned Parenthood (FQPN) warns of new strategies being employed in Quebec and in particular of the alarming increase in the number of crisis pregnancy centres (CPCs).
In ten years, the number of fake clinics has ballooned from fewer than 5 to more than 15.
The tone of the report indicates that the researchers were not familiar with the standard operating practices of these gangs.
CPCs lie! The report documents the CPC stock in trade of outrageous lies -- about abortion causing breast cancer, infertility and mental health and substance abuse problems.
CPCs manipulate and shock! Here are some quotes presented in the report.
"Are you really ready to live with the decision to have killed your child?"
"Foundations for the protection of animals give grants to laboratories to use aborted fetuses instead of rats. They also use it to manufacture cosmetics. "
"You know, I know women who have had abortions and sank into depression, drugs, and hate men."
This must be all rather unsettling for a population overwhelmingly pro-choice (85% according to Leger Marketing, 2010).
And a population -- until recently -- relatively free from the machinations of the fake clinics that infest the rest of Canada.
Here's a link to the pdf of the report
complete with FQPN's recommendations.
A group of dedicated volunteers is compiling a list of CPCs in Canada. Here are the known ones in Quebec. (The research is not complete. If there are errors, please let us know.)
Options Pregnancy Crisis Centre, Chateauguay
Action Nouvelle Vie, Longueuil
Centre Conseils Grossesse/Pregnancy Counselling Centre, Montreal
Enceinte et inquiète, online only
Grosssess-Secours Inc., Montreal
Support familial flocons d'espoir (formerly Centre naître our ne pas naître), Montreal
Accueil-Grossesse/Birthright, Pointe Claire
Options grossesse, Quebec
Tu n'es pas seule (Paroisse Saint Thomas d'Aquin), Quebec
Options Pregnancy Centre, Sherbrooke
Secour et Vie, Sherbrooke, et Trois-Rivières, Granby
Accueil Grossesse Beauce-Appalaches, St. Georges
Accueil-Grossesse/Birthright, St. Laurent
Centre D'aide Oasis Care Centre, Verdun
Note that several of them operate under the Birthright
banner. Birthright is somewhat different from the usual fundamentalist, Christian slut-shamers. It is non-religious and non-political, which perhaps makes it a better fit for secular Quebec.
The hotline Enceinte et inquiète
is directly financed by Campaign Quebec Vie. Launched in 2011, its website is full of the usual bullshit about abortion's links to cancer, depression, guilt, etc.
Like other CPCs, these websites do not tell the whole story, so reporters have resorted to undercover
investigations. This one from 2014 details some encounters.
Another from 2010
describes a visit to Options grossesse, Quebec, including the absolutely amazing claims that "pregnancy heals rape" and that "studies show that women who choose abortion are likely to be more violent with their other children."
Tu n'es pas seule is Catholic with a particular jones for adoption
Quebec now even has its own umbrella organization for fake clinics, L'Alliance Ressource Grossesse (ARG)
with 12 members.
I did some checking on a few of these at Canada Revenue Agency's Charitable Status division. For now at least, they seem quite small -- at least in terms of budgets.
It is to be hoped that with continuing excellent research and reporting by groups like FQPN people will become more aware of these fake clinics in their midst and learn -- sadly, like the Rest of Canada has -- what manipulative, lying scumbags they are.
**** Grand merci to deBeauxOs for help in keeping me from making a jackass of myself. ****