Farris Wilks: The Pro-Life Fracking Billionaire Bankrolling "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" - 2014-12-22
Featuring images of women's faces, troubled and with brows furrowed, crisis pregnancy centers beckon to prospective visitors from subway platforms and bus ceilings. These centers proudly announce their range of services on the web, often providing information about abortion services and post-abortion care.
But CPCs, by definition, are not abortion providers. They exist to steer women away from abortion in whatever manner necessary, even if it involves deception or the misrepresentation of what medical services are available at their facilities. Frequently, these centers employ no medical personnel, and/or provide ultrasounds as their only form of obstetric care. The Supreme Court ruled this fall that CPCs must disclose to clients if there are no licensed medical staff on their premises.
Building the CPC network has been a top strategy of anti-abortion forces over recent decades. That network is now extensive and, perhaps unsurprisingly, well-funded. Among the most generous supporters of these pseudo-clinics on the front lines of the abortion war is the Thirteen Foundation, a philanthropic outgrowth of a recently acquired Texas fracking fortune.