Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Pennsylvania funds crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) directly through taxpayer funds. The funding stream is established through an "Alternatives to Abortion" program, administered by the Department of Public Welfare's Expanded Medical Services for Women. This program is funded by federal funds made available from Title IV-A of the Social Security Act, Block Grants to States for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In FY'15, CPCs are eligible to receive $1 million through this funding stream. 72 P.S. Pa. Stat. Ann. § 1729-H (2013); H.B. 2328, Sec. 220, 2014 Gen. Assem. Reg. Sess. (PA 2014).
Pennsylvania law refers women to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). In connection with the state's biased-counseling and mandatory-delay law, when a woman tells a health-care provider she is considering abortion, the provider must give her a state-maintained list of facilities that will satisfy the law's mandate. CPCs are included on the list without disclaimer of their biased nature and are not distinguished from legitimate health centers. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 3205-8 (Enacted, 1982; Last Amended, 1989).