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CPCs & Adoption

Anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are most well-known for advertising "options counseling" for people facing an unplanned pregnancy.

You should know that CPCs have a long and troubling history when it comes to adoption. It is critical to understand this history in order to uncover their deeply biased agenda.

By Kathryn Joyce. 26 August 2009. Published in The Nation.

"Christian agencies lavish support services on pregnant women–if they give up their babies."


By Kathryn Joyce. 03 May 2022. Published in Salon.

"Adoption has a supply-and-demand problem. Amy Coney Barrett and her pals on the Supreme Court have the solution."


An interview with Kathryn Joyce, author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. 15 April 2013. NPR WBEZ Chicago. Heard on Fresh Air (podcast). 


By Kelly O'Connor McNees. 30 September 2021. Published in TIME. This article gives an overview of the Baby Scoop Era (ca. 1945-1973) and the ways in which unmarried pregnant people were coerced to relinquish their newborns as part of the housing programs at maternity homes. Anti-abortion organizations that run CPCs still run maternity homes today.


By Liza Fuentes, Megan L. Kavanaugh, Lori F. Frohwirth, Jenna Jerman, Nakeisha Blades. 22 February 2023. Published in Contraception: X. Three out of 29 study participants had visited an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center (CPC) and shared their experiences as part of this qualitative study about pregnancy decisions.

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