Apparently there are more than a 2500 fake clinics here in the United States. These pro-life centers funded by major pro-life organizations pose as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). When a woman comes in for her “free” pregnancy test and to disucss her options, she is fed a pack of lies regarding abortion.
I think anyone posing as a medical center should be faced with an amazing amount of repercussions both fiscal and legal. To me, one’s relationship to her doctor or other health care professionals is sacred. Luring a woman in crisis to a center only to lie, confuse, and attempt to shame her into a particular point of view is despicable. It would be no different than putting on a collar and pretending to be a priest listening to a confession.
Per the Feminist Majority foundation’s website, Feminist Campus:
A Congressional investigation of CPCs receiving funding through President Bush’s faith-based Compassion Capital Fund revealed that 87% provided false or misleading information about the health effects of abortion. The Congressional report found many of these federally funded centers grossly misrepresent the medical risks of abortion by telling women that having an abortion could increase the risk of breast cancer, result in sterility, and lead to suicide and “post-abortion stress disorder.” Abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk or infertility, and a longitudinal study of 13,000 women over 11 years found that women who give birth have the exact same rate of need for psychological treatment as women who have abortions.*
I can only imagine the trauma of a young college student’s (a fake clinic’s number one target, by the way) realization that she’s not talking to a unbiased health care professional and is instead speaking with a pro-lifer in disguise. Because of this, I wonder how many low-income women never step foot into a health clinic again out of fear of being duped, thereby foregoing necessary medical care in the future? Or how many women with insurance simply stop trusting anyone in a white coat with a clip board because of their bad experience?
If you live in a college town, like me, you probably see the signs all the time:
“Pregnant? Need Help? You Have Options!”
“Pregnant? Scared? We Can Help! Call 1-800-XXX-XXXX”
“Free Pregnancy Tests!”
I honestly thought these were legitimate places that gave women ALL of their options and, oh I don’t know, trusted them to make an informed, responsible decision based on their individual situation.
If you are unsure if a family planning center is a health clinic or a fake clinic you can check out: www.optiononline.org to see of list of fake crisis pregnancy centers. If you discover that you’re pregnant and want to evaluate all of your options be it abortion, adoption or raising your child, check out an online resource called The Pregnancy Options Workbook. This amazing site examines unplanned pregnancies from a medical, emotional, spiritual, religious, functional, factual, social and economical point of view. It gives a woman ALL of the facts and more importantly, trusts that she is intelligent and intuitive enough to make the decision that is right for her.