This scenario sounds like a bad joke, but there are more than 4,000 such organizations, known as "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs), nationwide. Many of these CPCs mislead and manipulate women, especially women facing an unintended pregnancy.
Women facing an unintended pregnancy should get the facts about all their options. They should not have to face lies, pressure, and lectures from anti-choice volunteers at CPCs.
What We're Doing
- In 2013, a student in Northfield, MN, wrote a letter to the editor about a CPC near his school. The CPC's director lashed out with an insulting email. She claimed that her organization doesn't lie to or mislead women, but the materials her CPC gives out show the opposite is true. 25,000 activists from across the country signed our petition telling the CPC to stop the lies. NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and pro-choice activists delivered the petitions in January 2014. Check out the Northfield CPC's misleading pamphlets, and photos from the petition delivery.
- In November 2013, NARAL Pro-Choice America, in partnership with Feminist Majority Foundation, launched a national “CPC Week of Action” on campuses across the country and through an online campaign to expose CPCs.
- In January 2012, NARAL Pro-Choice America, in partnership with our affiliate network, launched "#TruthFail: Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers" on 50 college campuses. The campaign counters CPCs' aggressive efforts to target young women.
- In November 2011, reports emerged that Siri, the personal-assistant application on Apple's iPhone 4S, was directing women who searched for abortion providers to CPCs. We used the controversy over Siri to expose the anti-choice strategy to manipulate search engines and other technology to mislead women and channel them into CPCs. Learn more >>
- Check out our Tumblr to expose CPCs’ lies.
- Review CPCs on Yelp: Help make sure that when women research their options, they know what they’re getting into before they contact a CPC.
- See how CPCs advertise: Learn to recognize the misleading ads CPCs use to lure women through their doors.
- Download the #TruthFail graphics: Download the graphics from our #TruthFail campaign and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
- Watch this video: An anti-choice activist explains how CPC owners can lure women into their centers.
- Watch "12th & Delaware": "12th & Delaware" is a shocking documentary about crisis pregnancy centers that will transform the conversation around choice in our country. You can watch it On Demand on HBO. Even better, invite some friends over and download our kit with discussion question.
- Take the quiz: Could you spot a CPC if you had to? Take our short CPC quiz to make sure you never accidentally visit one or suggest one to a friend.
- Watch the video: Tina shares her story about visiting an anti-choice CPC.
News & Updates
See some of the lies anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" tell women to dissuade them from accessing abortion care.
"Free." This is the word that helped convince a 16-year-old girl to go to a crisis pregnancy center. She's been talking about what happened there ever since.
A student who wrote a letter to the editor about a crisis pregnancy center near his college received a shocking response from the CPC's director.
A student wrote a Letter to the Editor about a crisis pregnancy center near his school. You won't believe the email the CPC sent in response.