Clinic Versus Center: What’s the Difference?

For You From The Word

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it. (Proverbs 16:22)

For You To Think About

woman on stairsKara looked up at the sign: “Women’s Health Clinic.” Surely they could help her! But a few minutes later, Kara ran back outside and down the steps. Once she’d received her pregnancy test results and was asked when she would like to schedule her termination procedure, Kara knew this was not the place for her.She hadn’t understood the clinic’s work.

Women’s clinics and pregnancy care centers: what are the differences?

Women’s Clinics

Abortion clinics, sometimes called, “women’s health centers” or “women’s clinics,” are medical facilities which offer family planning services and specialize in procedures that terminate pregnancy. Pre- and post-counseling varies widely among facilities. The number of abortion clinics in the U.S. peaked at 2,176 in 1991. Today there are 660 – a decrease of 69.67%, according to Pro-Life Nation. Planned Parenthood is one of the more well-known umbrella organizations that run women’s health clinics.

Pregnancy Care Centers

In contrast, there are more than 4,000 active pregnancy care centers (PCCs) across the nation, sometimes called “crisis pregnancy centers” or “pregnancy resource centers.” PCCs are not medical clinics. They provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, education, and counseling services for those who suspect they are pregnant or who have recently discovered they are pregnant. PCCs also refer patients for comprehensive medical care, prenatal care, and support services. Many operate as affiliates within one of three networks: Birthright, Heartbeat International, and Care Net.

Abortion clinics are significantly decreasing in number. Pregnancy care centers are growing in number.

Abortion clinics advocate “choice.” Pregnancy care centers advocate “life” or “a choice for life.”

For You To Pray

Loving Father,
Help women and their partners understand different types of pregnancy services. Give them wisdom to make good choices. Give them understanding that overflows in a fountain of life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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