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Unmasking Fake Clinics

We sent undercover investigators to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers all over California. They uncovered disturbing tactics that show just how much CPCs pose a threat to women’s health.

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Stand up to anti-choice bullies and enforce the Reproductive FACT Act

In an egregious act of legal bullying, the multi-million dollar anti-choice organizations filing the challenges are offering to remove local authorities as named defendants in lawsuits if they agree not to enforce the law, a move that could have a chilling effect across the state. We worked with Courage Campaign and UltraViolet to gather more than 25,000 petition signatures urging local authorities to stand up to these bullies and enforce the Reproductive FACT Act.

Join Us to Expose the Deceptive Practices of CPCs

    Get the Facts

    Lies and Misinformation

    CPC workers are well-trained to lie to women about physical and mental health issues they claim are associated with abortion.

    No Doctors Needed

    Posing as legitimate reproductive health clinics — located in medical buildings or near a real abortion clinic — CPCs purposefully do not provide medical services that women need to continue a pregnancy or to terminate one.

    Shaming Women

    At a vulnerable time, CPCs delve into personal details during counseling to try to make women feel guilty about choosing abortion.

    What People are Saying

    From the Media

    “If a pregnancy center keeps information from a woman, or pressures her into making ill-informed decisions about her pregnancy, they are creating dangerous delays and roadblocks.”

    - Councilmember Nury Martinez, LA Times (5/24/16)

    “Here in Los Angeles we know that waiting for a day, a week, or a month to enforce this law threatens the health and safety of women.”

    - LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, Rewire (5/24/16)

    “California women deserve to get accurate information about reproductive health options free of interference, coercion or shame. It tells you all you need to know about Alliance Defending Freedom’s anti-choice agenda that they are suing to keep basic healthcare information from women.”

    - RH Reality Check (2/10/16)

    “Because it can’t make the case against abortion on its own rational merits, the anti-choice movement relies on misinformation and subterfuge to achieve its goals.”

    - Slate (2/8/16)

    “Abortion-rights advocates may finally have found a way to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centers in a way that passes First Amendment muster.”

    - Slate (1/5/16)

    “They target unsuspecting women who are going for health services, birth control, or abortion and they prey on them.”

    - RH Reality Check (11/30/15)

    “Antiabortion practitioners have the right to make their argument against abortion, but not to bamboozle women to advance their cause.”

    - LA Times Editorial Board (10/22/15)

    “An activist’s right to free speech, no matter how sincerely held on any side of the abortion issue, shouldn’t trump a pregnant teenager’s right to sound, complete and factual medical advice.”

    - Sacramento Bee Editorial Board (10/20/15)

    “To be perfectly clear, while abortion clinics are being shuttered by state regulations that require them to look and feel like hospitals, CPCs are springing up in their stead.”

    - Slate (10/20/15)

    “The entire crisis pregnancy center system is built on the premise that it’s okay to lie to women in order to trick them into staying, or in some cases into getting, pregnant.”

    - Salon (10/13/15)

    “It is time to recognize CPCs for what they are: a grave threat to a woman’s right to control her own body and autonomy.”

    - San Jose Mercury News (10/7/15)

    “Were I less informed, more naïve, I could have easily believed their lies—that most women regretted their abortions, that there was a reasonable chance I would, after seeking an abortion, die.”

    - Jezebel (5/14/15)

    “‘Hope,’ anyway, is hardly the same as competent, ethical medical care. Especially if you’re pregnant and scared.”

    - LA Times (5/1/15)

    “Regardless of the circumstances, they were repeatedly advised to carry their pregnancies to term — using a mixture of shame, misinformation, and complete lies.”

    - New York Magazine (3/18/15)

    “A new investigation from NARAL Pro-Choice California finds that—surprise!—crisis pregnancy centers are still lying to women, delivering their trademark mixture of shame, guilt, misinformation and outright lies to persuade them not to have abortions.”

    - Jezebel (3/16/15)

    “Though they’re designed to be confused for legitimate reproductive health clinics, crisis pregnancy centers are anti-choice institutions that encourage pregnant women to carry pregnancies to term, often using guilt, religious intimidation, and outright lies about the risks and costs of pregnancy and abortion.”

    - Bustle (3/14/15)

    “It is wrong to lie to women, especially when those lies can have serious health consequences and create barriers to receiving safe, accurate medical care in a timely fashion.”

    - Sacramento Bee (03/12/15)

    “Still, NARAL’s report is an important reminder of how serious this problem is. Something has gone very wrong when so many people are willing to go to such great lengths to deceive women in this way.”

    - RH Reality Check (03/10/15)

    “Hope,” anyway, is hardly the same as competent, ethical medical care. Especially if you’re pregnant and scared.

    - LA Times (5/1/15)

    Regardless of the circumstances, they were repeatedly advised to carry their pregnancies to term — using a mixture of shame, misinformation, and complete lies.

    - New York Magazine (3/18/15)

    A new investigation from NARAL Pro-Choice California finds that—surprise!—crisis pregnancy centers are still lying to women, delivering their trademark mixture of shame, guilt, misinformation and outright lies to persuade them not to have abortions.

    - Jezebel (3/16/15)

    Though they’re designed to be confused for legitimate reproductive health clinics, crisis pregnancy centers are anti-choice institutions that encourage pregnant women to carry pregnancies to term, often using guilt, religious intimidation, and outright lies about the risks and costs of pregnancy and abortion.

    - Bustle (3/14/15)

    It is wrong to lie to women, especially when those lies can have serious health consequences and create barriers to receiving safe, accurate medical care in a timely fashion.

    - Sacramento Bee (03/12/15)

    Still, NARAL’s report is an important reminder of how serious this problem is. Something has gone very wrong when so many people are willing to go to such great lengths to deceive women in this way.

    - RH Reality Check (03/10/15)