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.
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, highlighted in the map above, even get support from state governments to mislead women.
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.