Stop “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” From Lying to Women

Urge your members of Congress to act today!

Picketing Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center
Picketing Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center. Photo: ProChoiceHouston

Stop Crisis Pregnancy Centers from Lying to Women: Support the SDAWS Act

So imagine this:  you’re a young woman, unexpectedly pregnant. Maybe you don’t know yet what you want to do; maybe you’re pretty sure but want to talk it over with someone. You hear about a place nearby that offers “options counseling,” and “abortion information,” and you go in for an appointment. You arrive at what looks like a doctor’s office and sit down to talk with someone wearing a white coat. The doctor counselor person in the white coat tells you:

You need to become a born-again Christian.

You need to embrace “secondary virginity.”

Having a baby will fix your shaky relationship.

You’ll go to hell if you have an abortion.

You’ll get breast cancer if you have an abortion.

You’ll become depressed, drug-addicted, and suicidal if you have an abortion (Sensing a theme, here?).

It sounds like a joke, but it happens every day, all over the country.

There are thousands of these so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) in the United States.
Typically run by churches and other anti-abortion groups, they market themselves as reproductive health centers. They lure women in with the promise of “options counseling,” then attempt to browbeat them into carrying their pregnancies to term, often using misleading or blatantly false information about the physical (and spiritual) dangers of abortion. They are misleadingly named – “A Woman’s Choice” is the name of one in Virginia — and they are set up to look like doctor’s offices, although in most cases, there are no medical personnel on staff.

It’s nothing but a scam. And it must be stopped.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act (H.R. 2030/S. 981). This legislation will allow the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) and fine them if they are engaged in deceptive practices.

An unplanned pregnancy can be a time of great vulnerability and confusion. Every woman in this situation has the right to full and complete information about her options, so that she can make the decision that is right for her.

CPCs aren’t there to help women, just to control them. Enough is enough. Please take just a moment to