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"Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (CPCs)

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Jeni, 34

At almost 21 weeks, Scott and I went to our appointment with the specialist. The sonogram operator asked us to be quiet, immediately changing the mood of the room.

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Gina is a 13-year-old who was raped. When she worried about missing her period and got a pregnancy test, she was 19 weeks pregnant.

Picture this: You're scared that you might be pregnant. You see an ad for a free pregnancy test and counseling. You call the number and make an appointment. You're told that birth control is the same as abortion and that if you have an abortion, you will probably get breast cancer. You're vulnerable, scared, and confused. You have walked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" (CPC), and you have been lied to and manipulated. You deserve the truth: comprehensive, unbiased, factual, and medically accurate information. You likely won't get these things at a CPC.

The Challenge

CPCs are a growing threat to women's health. They often lie to women about abortion and birth control. They'll do anything to scare a woman away from choosing legal abortion.

Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics, but many are generally unregulated and unlicensed. For instance, they don't have to follow privacy-protection laws like your doctor or real clinics do. They use tactics that mislead women about pregnancy-related information.

Some false claims many CPCs use:

  • Abortion causes breast cancer
  • Abortion is psychologically damaging
  • Abortion can lead to sterility
  • Birth-control pills cause abortion

There are more than 4,000 CPCs across the country. Some CPCs even get support from state governments to mislead women.

Our Solution

We can all agree that women never should be lied to when they need information about pregnancy. That's true no matter where you stand on the issue of abortion. It's time to hold CPCs accountable for misleading women.

The government should only support legitimate health-care centers. Your taxpayer money should support centers that provide complete and accurate information to women.

Women should have all the facts to make the best decision for their own health.


State Investigations of CPCs

Many of our affiliates have investigated CPCs in their states. See what they discovered.

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Laws About "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (CPCs)

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Support for Crisis Pregnancy Centers

23 states have measures supporting CPCs: AZ, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI.

  • 11 states fund CPCs directly*: KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, OH, PA, TX, WI.
  • 1 state has 1 unenforceable law that forces women to go to a CPC: SD.
  • 20 states refer women to CPCs: AZ, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MN, MS, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TX, VA, WV, WI.
  • 11 states have "Choose Life" license-plate programs*: AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX.
    • 1 of these laws is unenforceable: NC.



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