Which is odd, considering that they claim NOT to be medical facilities, but, just, you know, counselling and information centres with sidelines in mom-n-tots drop-ins and baby clothes.
In fact, in Ontario, the Ministry of Health does not fund these fake clinics or regulate them specifically because they are not medical clinics.
What to make then of this promotional video from the Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre, the fake clinic that recently received $83,800 of public funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation?
The video shows many jolly babies, new mums thrilled to have a place to drop in and chat, some jeezus talk, but at about the 4:30 mark it gets interesting.
During a tour of the facilities, we are shown one of their "counselling rooms." Here's a still.
What's that chair-like thing that appears fleetingly in the background?
It looks to me like an ob/gyn chair, rather like this, taken from an assortment of such medical equipment here.
I wanted to be sure so I asked a professional pal to have a look. Here's the judgement:
Well I looked at it frame-by-frame between 4:36 and 4:42 - - the videographer was supposed to avoid the bottom of the chair with the pale blue cushioning.
Shot angles before and after make it clear that they wish to give the impression that they are providing a comprehensive survey of the interior (Nuthin' t'hide, here) when it's pretty clear at 4:36 - 4:37 that they don't want you to see that chair.
What that chair is, specifically, I cannot say - - they have been successful with selective camera angles. Sorry.
Also odd is the woman's comment from that room that clients can "exit out quietly without going through the reception room."
Why would clients want to exit out quietly if they're just having a jolly conversation about prenatal vitamins?
And WHAT THE FUCK is a piece of medical equipment doing in there? Are they conducting obstetrical examinations? Are they performing non-medical ultrasounds?
UPDATE: November 14. 2014. A commenter named Nathan Colquhoun claims to be the videographer in question. He says the video is hosted on his YouTube account, but I didn't see it.
He says the chair-thing is in fact a baby's high-chair. Okey-dokey.
He also takes issue with the tone of this blog. Okey-dokey.
I'll have more to say, but for now have a look at the webpage connected to his profile. He's some kinda Xian pastor. When I tried to go to "The Story," which appears to be the name of his "ministry," my anti-virus software wouldn't let me, and who am I to argue?