#263 Because of fake abortion clinics.
These ads can be seen all over North America, often listed in the phone book under headings such as abortion services” family-planning information centres, or women’s organisations. They target young women, women of colour and low-income communities, giving the impression that they offer abortion services.
They do not.
What do they do?
Well, these crisis pregnancy centres are run by anti-abortion organisations and the purpose of these centres is to discourage women from having abortions.
How do they do this?
Mainly through false advertising. By imitating the advertisements and designs of actual medical facilities, they attract women who are considering having an abortion. They often operate next to or near actual abortion clinics, in order to confuse women who have appointments at real medical facilities. Then, the names of these centres often include words like ord choice or accurate information.
And accurate information is not their strong suit.
There are reports of women being told that abortion is an extremely risky procedure (while childbirth itself is actually more dangerous), that abortions cause breast cancer (no scientific evidence to support this) and that the patient is very likely to develop a psychological condition known as post-abortion syndrome (American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Associationdo not recognise this as a real condition.)
An investigation conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice America in North Carolina found that
"…most CPCs in the state had no medical professionals on staff, yet 75 percent of the centers failed to disclose that they were not medical facilities. What’s more, over two-thirds of the clinics that NARAL investigated provided false or misleading information about abortion to those seeking care. An investigator posing as a Jewish woman was told she would not go to heaven unless she converted to Christianity – at five different centers.”
These centres exist in every U.S state and according to the New York Times, in 2013 there were about 2,500 crisis pregnancy centres in the U.S, while there were 1,800 real abortion clinics. Canada has about ten times as many crisis pregnancy centres as real abortion clinics. Similiar centres also operate in Ireland.
Further, these clinics receive state and federal funding and now many states require women to visit these centre before accessing abortion services.
Find out more about these fake abortion clinics in this short documentary: