fake clinics

Everyone should have all the facts to make the best decision for their own health. 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. 

#CallOutCPCs!

For non professionals my opinion is a lot simpler – stop. Do not make armchair diagnoses of public figures. Chances are, you have no idea what you are talking about. The risk is even greater that you are just following your political bias, you are likely using a mental illness diagnosis as a pejorative, and you are likely just psychologizing the usual range of human behavior.

But here’s the thing – you don’t have to couch your opinions in fake clinical terms you don’t really understand. Just give your opinion of someone’s behavior and temperament in non-clinical terms.

It’s OK to say that Trump is a self-serving, ambitious, childish egomaniac with a thin skin, a penchant for bullshit, and an apparent utter disregard for facts and expertise. That is clearly just your opinion from his public behavior.

Don’t say, however, that Trump has a narcissistic personality disorder, is a pathological liar, is “clinically” anything, or is a psychopath. These are diagnoses that you are not qualified to make, you likely don’t have a working knowledge of the scientific basis for these diagnoses and their utility and accuracy in clinical use.
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers Claim Constitution Gives Them Right To Lie To Pregnant Ladies

The Huffington Post reports that the city ordinance was designed to address the fact that two crisis pregnancy centers led patients to believe that they offered abortion services, when in fact they basically exist to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term. One group, called First Resort, purchased Google ad space so that their clinic would appear first in search results for “San Francisco abortion,” even though they don’t provide abortion services.

The crisis pregnancy centers say that this law is unfair and a violation of their free speech rights.

It is your first amendment right to speak your opinion and advocate for what you think is right. It is not your first amendment right to lie to scared women and feed them misinformation that convinces them to make a decision they might not’ve made otherwise.

Google maps screenshot of a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) in Ventura, CA.

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. They often advertise as if they provide abortion services, drawing people in by promising free reproductive health services, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling.

A pro-choice student wrote a letter-to-the-editor about a crisis pregnancy center near his school in Minnesota.  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 we think of the oh-so-professional email the CPC’s director sent back. 

Quote from: Anti-abortion pregnancy centers thrive in Texas as real clinics close, January 2, 2014

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. They often advertise as if they provide abortion services, drawing people in by promising free reproductive health services, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling.

Google maps screenshot of a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) in Bakersfield, CA.  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. They often advertise as if they provide abortion services, drawing people in by promising free reproductive health services, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling.