NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation conducted a year-long undercover investigation to learn about the more than 100 crisis pregnancy centers in our state. We called more than 100 centers and visited 55 to learn about their practices and the services they offer. What we found was a disturbing pattern of misinformation, judgement, and coercion. When making a decision about health care, women deserve comprehensive, non-judgmental, and medically accurate information. This investigation showed the exact opposite happening across our state and makes it clear that crisis pregnancy centers should not be promoted by the State of Ohio or receive taxpayer funding.
So-called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) are fake health-care clinics that lie to, shame, and intentionally mislead women about their reproductive-health-care options to block them from accessing abortion care.
A woman facing an unintended pregnancy deserves medically accurate, comprehensive, and unbiased information.
CPCs try to trick women into entering these facilities by masquerading as full-service women’s health clinics. Some even claim to provide abortion care to get women in the door, and then use lies and manipulation to try to dissuade them from considering abortion.
There are more than 4,000 CPCs across the country.1 In at least 12 states, CPCs receive direct state funding to mislead women. Government support for these anti-choice organizations creates the false impression that CPCs are part of the mainstream medical community. They are not.
The government should not support anti-choice CPCs. Women should have all the facts to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.