Are Pro-Life Groups Setting Up Fake Abortion Clinics?

For women seeking information on abortions, crisis pregnancy centers may seem like legitimate establishments to go to for guidance. Yet recent reports indicate that many of these clinics are deliberately lying to women about pregnancy termination. So what are CPCs? Are they just guises for pro-life groups?

Earlier this year, Google agreed to remove online advertisements for crisis pregnancy centers. Its decision came following a report from NARAL Pro-Choice America that showed these groups were falsely advertising that they offered medical services for pregnant women, including abortions.

Crisis pregnancy centers are pro-life establishments that claim to offer women a variety of medical and counseling services, particularly to those who are pregnant. Online, many of these centers give the appearance of being legitimate medical facilities that provide counseling and, in many cases, abortion procedures. In reality, though, women who seek out these services are barraged with pro-life propaganda, guilt trips, and medical misinformation about abortions.

These organizations are coming under a great deal of public scrutiny, largely due to investigations from VICE News and The Crisis Project. Women have gone undercover with a hidden video camera to show what actually happens at these centers and the results are fairly alarming. For organizations that say they are properly accredited, non-political medical facilities, they are clearly only offering one side of this very complex, very personal issue.

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Learn More:
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Special Investigations Division: False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers (via U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform)
"In December 2004, Rep. Henry A. Waxman released a report analyzing the scientific accuracy of the curricula taught by federally funded abstinence-only education programs.
That report found that the abstinence curricula often contained false or distorted information that misled teens about sex and reproductive health."

Pregnancy Centers Found to Give False Information on Abortion (via The Washington Post)
"Federally funded "pregnancy resource centers" are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma, a minority congressional report charged yesterday."

Attorney General Press Release: Spitzer Reaches Agreement With Upstate Crisis Pregnancy Center (via State of New York, Attorney General)
"Attorney General Spitzer today announced an agreement that will help clarify acceptable practices for organizations that counsel women on alternatives to abortion."

U.S. House of Representatives: ''Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act'' (via The House of Representatives)

NARAL Pro-Choice America: CPCS (via Pro-Choice America)
"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."

NARAL Pro-Choice America: A Report on Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City (via NARAL Pro-Choice America New York Office)

Another Perspective: Students for Life (via Students for Life)

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