Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are clinics, or sometimes mobile vans, that look like real medical clinics. CPCs, many of which are funded by religious institutions, try to stop people from having abortions by scaring them, shaming them, giving misinformation, and lying to them about their options.
CPCs do not offer the full range of reproductive health care services. They are not real medical clinics, which means that they don’t have to follow HIPAA or keep your information private. CPCs will advertise free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and counseling to lure people in. Additionally, look at their website to see if they offer abortion services or birth control: CPCs do not offer these services. Other indications of a CPC include advertising for “abortion pill reversal” (the abortion pill cannot be reversed safely), pressuring you to choose adoption or continue your pregnancy, or claiming that abortion is unsafe.
If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you deserve to go to a real medical clinic and receive accurate information about your options. If you want to see a list of CPCs in your area, check out websites like exposefakeclinics.com, crisispregnancycentermap.com, and The Fake Clinic Database.