Soapstone of The True Mission of ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ by Susan Dominus

The True Mission of ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers,’ an article published in The New York Times, written by Susan Dominus, discusses the movement of legislation to require crisis pregnancy centers in New York City to clearly express their stance to those who visit them. The legislation would require, among other things, signs at the entrance and in the waiting rooms to inform women that the center does not provide abortions or contraceptives (if they do not) and to make it clear if no licensed medical professional is on the staff.

Subject: The possible legislation in New York for crisis pregnancy centers to make their stance and provisions clear.

Occasion: The author is writing this piece in response to the possible legislation and to, it would appear, agree with that legislation.

Audience: The author’s audience are people of New York City, and is certainly aimed towards those who have opinions towards abortion and the legislation.

Purpose: The author’s purpose is to inform her audience of the legislation and persuade them of its virtues. Though, the author also seems to be fighting for the case of the woman in the situation who is looking for, “the ideal, nonpartisan place where a woman could assume people would understand the depths of her moral dilemma,” which the author hints (at the end of her article) doesn’t include either type of center currently available.

Speaker: The author is clearly  biased towards the pro-choice cause, and, though she seems supportive of Planned Parenthood, asks a rhetorical question at the end of her article which suggests reform for both sides of the argument.

Tone: The author’s tone is reproachful and, at places, sympathetic towards the plight of the pregnant woman seeking unbiased help.

    • meredithwhite
    • November 5th, 2010

    I think this movement is very fair. If someone chooses an abortion over life, then they should be notified where NOT to go, or where to go. It would be less of a hassle, I suppose, but I do like the author’s pro-choice attitude.

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