Tomorrow, California will vote on a bill that would require crisis pregnancy centers to tell women the truth about their reproductive health options. One politician asked why a lawmaker cared so much about the bill, and her response is PERFECT.


As Sam Bee and Patton Oswalt explain, “Crisis pregnancy centers may look sweet and helpful, but they’re really full of toxic bullshit.”

No matter how much you shame and scare them, women will still come for abortions. Pretty recently I had this young woman, 15 maybe, and we did the procedure. I said, ‘Your uterus is empty, the procedure is over. I have to go check to make sure we got everything,’ and I left the room to examine the tissue. Then I came back and told her, ‘Everything’s fine, your uterus is healthy.’ And she said, ‘So … when are you going to use the steel ball?’ I picked my jaw up off the floor and said, ‘Steel ball?’ She said, ‘Well, I went to the crisis pregnancy center and they told me you’re going to put a steel ball that’s covered with sharp blades into my uterus and twirl it around.’ And this kid still came! I was thinking, How did you ever make yourself walk in the office believing I was going to do that?

This sign seems harmless enough. But it’s part of a scheme by an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center (CPC) to trick women seeking abortion services. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose as legitimate reproductive health centers. They have a track record of outright lying to women and work to dissuade people from exercising the right to choose.

Here’s what happening: this particular CPC sits right next to a legitimate abortion clinic (called EMW). That’s one way they cause confusion. Check out the “parking permit” gimmick. That’s how the CPC is luring women to the parking lot and getting them to come inside for a parking permit. Once a woman goes into a CPC, an anti-choice volunteer may try to get the woman to miss her appointment or use shame or scare tactics to pressure the woman not to access abortion.

Sketchy and so wrong.

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

“Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund.”

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

“Hello?” I said again. “This is Dr. Wicklund.”

“Hello,” very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

“I need help with a patient,” I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free.“

"What do you expect us to do?”

I let that hang for a minute.


This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

“He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this],” she says. “Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion.”

“A Woman’s Choice” is the CPC right next to EMW (the abortion clinic) in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Their name implies that they are “pro-choice”

They use the name of the actual abortion clinic in their parking signs to fool clients into thinking that they are with EMW. 

This is all to confuse patients into parking in their lot and to get them inside their doors.  Their they will attempt to delay them until they miss their appointment. 

All of this is perfectly legal. 

The CPC parking lot volunteer, a guy we have named “O’Reilly”, gets so ANGRY when I give people who clearly tell me they are going to EMW correct information. 

Today there was a client who pulled up in her car to talk to me.  O’Reilly came up directly behind me. 

Me- “Hi, I’m a volunteer with EMW.  Are you going to EMW today?”

Client - “Yes”

Me- “OK (gives client parking directions)” 

O’Reilly- *over my shoulder* “you can park here (the CPC) for free…”

Me - “He is not with the clinic nor is this facility with the clinic.”

Client - “But the sign says…”

Me - “Yeah, they aren’t with the clinic or associated with the clinic at all….” 

O’Reilly - “You don’t have to listen to her, I work here” 

Me - “Well, again, I’m a volunteer with EMW.  He is not a volunteer with EMW.  If you want to go to EMW, I would suggest you park either…*gives places to park for clients again*” 

Client - “Oh, that is very confusing” 

Me - “Yeah, tell me about it.  They want to you to be confused” 

By this point O’Reilly was so mad he walked away. 

The client got parked and got into the clinic. 



Keep an eye out for escorts to tell you where to park.  Don’t be fooled by these people.  Their whole purpose is to try to trick you.

It still boggles my mind that the CPC dude got mad that I told this person accurate information.  


No matter how much you shame and scare them, women will still come for abortions. Pretty recently I had this young woman, 15 maybe, and we did the procedure. I said, ‘Your uterus is empty, the procedure is over. I have to go check to make sure we got everything,’ and I left the room to examine the tissue. Then I came back and told her, ‘Everything’s fine, your uterus is healthy.’ And she said, ‘So … when are you going to use the steel ball?’ I picked my jaw up off the floor and said, ‘Steel ball?’ She said, ‘Well, I went to the crisis pregnancy center and they told me you’re going to put a steel ball that’s covered with sharp blades into my uterus and twirl it around.’ And this kid still came! I was thinking, How did you ever make yourself walk in the office believing I was going to do that?
—  Dr. Suzanne Poppema, share hear experience of being an abortion provider. Seven abortion providers told their stories to New York Magazine
Ted Cruz’s campaign is handing out bottled water in Flint — but only to anti-abortion groups
By Sophia Tesfaye

While most other Republican presidential candidates are feigning ignorance on the devastating lead contamination of Flint’s water stream or doing their best todeflect criticism from Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder, Ted Cruz’s campaign is out on the ground helping the people impacted by the disaster — well, only some of the people.

Campaign volunteers only stopped at Flint’s crisis pregnancy centers to show “the pro-life values of Sen. Cruz”


All The Lies Fake Pregnancy Centers Try To Tell Women About Abortion

If you search Google for “abortion” or “am I pregnant?”, the first ads you’re likely to see pop up are for for local “health clinics” promising instant help. These websites will promise to empower pregnant women with all the facts they have the right to know about their options. Sounds like a progressive, perhaps even feminist, organization — right?

Resources for pregnant women who need help

Option Line

Birthright International

Heartbeat International

Teen Mother Choices International

Human Coalition

Sisters of Life

Pregnant On Campus

Get Your Care

Care Net

Save the Storks

Feminists For Life

Maggie’s Place

The Nurturing Network

Single Mother Help

Good Counsel Maternity Homes

The Good Counsel Network (UK)

LIFE Charity (UK)

Cardinal Winning Pro Life Initiative (UK)

National Life Center

American Pregnancy Helpline

Teen Mother Choices

Life Call

Vifac (Mexico)

Life Pregnancy Care (Ireland)

Cura Crisis Pregnancy Support (Ireland)

SOS bébé (France)

Donne-moi la vie (France)

Sos Futures Mamans (Switzerland)

Pregnancy Counselling Services (New Zealand)

Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre (New Zealand)

Voice for Life New Zealand

SOS Vita (Italy)

Centri di Aiuto alla VITA (Italy)

La quercia millenaria (Italy)

Bethany Christian Services

Independent Adoption Center

Catholic Charities Adoption

Gladney Center for Adoption

Cúnamh Adoption Services (Ireland)

Also check your local United Way or YWCA for parenting support, baby supplies, medical assistance, and shelter.

Reblogging links from: @patron-saint-of-smart-asses​ and @silent-arrow

anonymous asked:

Don't be reductive. Yes, many pregnancy centers have been caught lying or hiding their MO. But there are also ones that are above-board, honest with the info they provide, and helpful. There's a busy one in my 'hood in a major pro-choice NE city that has helped many women & families who don't want an abortion but lack the resources to carry a pregnancy to term or raise a baby. They provide adoption help and hook hard-up parents up with practical resources and classes. Some really do good work.

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OH YOU RIGHT what the Bad Advisor definitely wants to do is to send a scared 15-year-old into a crisis pregnancy center that may or may not be a hellden of anti-science bullshit, rather than recommending they visit an actual medical establishment, accountable to actual institutional oversight, from which they can receive unbiased counseling.

The Bad Advisor just could not be more sorry that she may have offended some fuckers who are likely to make their clients go to bible study before they “earn” a fucking pack of diapers, or who actively deceive clients about the gestational age of a fetus in hopes of forcing them past the legal abortion deadline in their state. Please forgive the Bad Advisor for being so … reductive.


Lies Crisis Pregnancy Centers Might Tell You

By Sasha

LIE: “CPCs are here to provide support, unbiased information, and the resources needed to help you make the best choice.”

THE TRUTH IS many Crisis Pregnancy Centers are operated by anti-choice staff (mostly volunteers, not trained medical professionals) trying to manipulate people in crisis and keep them from making fully informed decisions about their reproductive health. They will often misrepresent data, make up statistics, and generally try to dissuade you from making choices that don’t fit into their “pro-life” agenda.

LIE: “You’re not pregnant.” or “You’re only x weeks pregnant and have plenty of time to make a decision.”
THE TRUTH IS CPCs have been known to give patients false negatives or understate how far along in their pregnancy they actually are in order to delay decision-making. Should you actually be pregnant, it gets riskier, more expensive, or altogether impossible to get an abortion the longer you wait.

LIE: “Condoms don’t work.”

THE TRUTH IS condoms, when used correctly, are among the most effective forms of birth control at preventing pregnancy (97% effective) and protecting against sexually transmitted infections (80% and greater protective effect).

LIE: “Birth control and the morning-after pill cause abortion.”

THE TRUTH IS both the birth control pill and emergency contraception (the morning-after pill) work to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and fertilization. That is to say, neither causes abortion; in fact, these methods have no effect on a fetus if taken once pregnant.

LIE: “Abortions cost much more than carrying your baby to term.”
THE TRUTH IS the two don’t even come close. The average cost of abortion ranges from $350 - $600, while a recent study places the average cost of delivering a baby at around $30,000 for vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section.

LIE: “You don’t need an abortion. A large number of pregnancies end in miscarriage anyway.”
THE TRUTH IS the National Institute of Health estimates about 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Crisis pregnancy centers often inflate this number to imply it’s unnecessary to make a choice because it’s likely to be made for you anyway. If you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, relying on a miscarriage is extremely risky—the odds are slim and the longer you wait expecting to miscarry, the smaller your window of opportunity to make a choice.

LIE: “Abortions cause breast cancer.”

THE TRUTH IS no relationship has been identified between abortions (whether induced or spontaneous) and an increased risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and American Medical Association all agree. 

LIE: “The abortion pill is unsafe.”

THE TRUTH IS, if taken as indicated, the abortion pill (aka Mifeprex or RU-486) is perfectly safe. The Food and Drug Administration states that in many cases in which serious adverse effects were reported, the drug had been used in a manner contradictory to FDA instruction. Further: “since the approval of Mifeprex in September 2000, FDA has been informed of eight deaths in the United States due to serious infections following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol that FDA has concluded may possibly be related to the use of these drugs.”

LIE: "Surgical abortions can kill you.”

THE TRUTH IS the National Abortion Federation has determined legal surgical abortion as one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States—even safer than giving birth. Ninety-seven percent of patients less than 13 weeks pregnant who undergo the abortion procedure report no complications.

LIE: "Your baby already has a heartbeat/ can feel pain/ knows who you are.”
THE TRUTH IS this depends entirely on how far along you are in your pregnancy and the stage of embryonic and fetal development. A medically untrained volunteer at a CPC clinic is unlikely to be able to correctly read your sonogram, much less be able to identify which stage of pregnancy you are in.

LIE:  “If you have an abortion now, you won’t be able to have children in the future.”

THE TRUTH IS, as with most medical procedures, there are risks and possible complications associated with abortion, but according to The Mayo Clinic, there is no research that suggests it affects long-term fertility.

LIE: "Women suffer permanent psychological and mental damage as a result of having had an abortion”

THE TRUTH IS while a number of studies have found a wide variety of emotional responses to abortion, there is no scientific evidence proving long-term psychological or mental damage. In fact, research suggests the contrary: “while some people may experience sensations of regret, sadness or guilt after an abortion, the overwhelming responses are relief and happiness.”

LIE: “An abortion will ruin your life and make it impossible to have successful relationships later on.”
THE TRUTH IS the choices you make concerning your reproductive health may, at times, be difficult but they are personal decisions that you alone should ultimately get to make. If you’ve determined that having an abortion is what you want to do, the decision and its impact on your future (if any) are up to you.

For more information, visit NARAL Pro-Choice America or check out other BCIW posts on Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

To find legitimate, unbiased health centers, try searching the directories of NAF Member Facilities and Planned Parenthood Health Centers.


Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

Today there are as many as 4,000 CPCs in the United States, compared to the 2,000 clinics that provide abortion care.
—  Ziba Kashef, The Fetal Position, Mother Jones, January/February 2003 AND Lawrence B. Finer and Stanley K. Henshaw, Abortion Incidence and Services in the United States in 2000, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, “Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health,” 2003.