Crisis Propaganda Centers in the NY Times

Today in the New York Times, Katie Stack writes about her first hand experience with Crisis Pregnancy Centers during her junior year of college. We’ve talked before about how CPCs pretend to be centers where women who are pregnant can come to consider all of their options, but are actually anti-choice fronts.

What Katie found is that the CPCs are misleading not only because the staff, who are not medical professionals, wear hospital style uniforms, but also because they scare women about the risks of abortion in order to influence them away from their choice to have one.

Via The New York Times:

I am intimately aware of how false that is. Like many young women, I found myself facing an unintended pregnancy. Two years ago, as a junior in college with ambitious career goals, I knew that continuing the pregnancy wasn’t an option for me. I called the local Planned Parenthood and made an appointment for an abortion for a week and a half later. The operator I spoke to encouraged me to spend time thinking over my decision and considering all my options.

I tried to do that. Because my communication with Planned Parenthood had been over the phone and the nearest office was in Iowa City, about an hour away from where I lived, I searched online for somewhere nearby where I could ask questions in person. I found Aid to Women, a center in Cedar Rapids that claimed to provide confidential counseling and abortion information. I knew it didn’t perform abortions, but I still went expecting to get unbiased medical advice.

When I walked in, I knew almost immediately that I’d been wrong. Though the volunteers wore scrubs, none of them were medical professionals. They insisted on calling my pregnancy my “baby” and my “child.” The intake questions included, “What is your relationship to Jesus Christ?”

In her visit, Katie was also told that abortions cause breast cancer (false) and that abortions cause serious mental health issues (also false).

As defenders of these CPCs head to lobby Congress this week, it’s important to call out not only the propaganda and false information that they are spreading but also the damage this may cause in the lives of so many women who may not be able to seek out accurate information for themselves as Katie did.

Read the rest of Katie’s very important op-ed here.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I wish pro-choicers would picket CPCs so that anti-choicers could get a taste of their own medicine. But to really give them back what they serve, pro-choicers would have to be angry at the women going in, and try to shame or bully them into just turning around and going home. That’s not going to happen b/c pro-choicers actually care about women.

  2. Posted October 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I recently saw a crisis center booth at the college I go to. It’s sad how these centers can exploit women on emotions and get away with lying and even hide behind the 1st amendment.

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