CPCs in the Media

Samantha Bee and Patton Oswalt expose the fake pregnancy clinics that lie to women

On Monday night’s Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took on “crisis pregnancy centers” — fake pregnancy clinics whose real purpose is to try to dissuade women from having abortions.

Aided by Patton Oswalt, channeling Orson Welles from the 1973 film F for Fake, Bee discussed how these clinics use taxpayer money to deceive women. As Oswalt put it, they are “the ultimate hustle — a conception deception.”

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6 of 8 LA pregnancy centers defy abortion notice law

Six out of eight Los Angeles-area “pregnancy centers” visited by KPCC are not complying with a new state law requiring them to notify their clients that the state offers access to low-cost and free abortions.

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Anti-Choice Activists, Using Bogus Legal Threats, Trick Teens Into Signing Away Abortion Rights

Last February, AJ, a single mother in Mississippi, found herself at the back of an abortion clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, where two police officers threatened to charge her with fetal homicide.

It was yet another unexpected turn in a week of surprising events for AJ, whose name we have agreed to conceal for the sake of her family’s privacy.

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Inside the Christian Right's strategy to keep fake abortion clinics open in California

Fake women’s health clinics run by anti-abortion organizations currently outnumber licensed, professional abortion clinics 3 to 1 — and they’re nearly impossible to regulate.

Called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), these clinics advertise free pregnancy tests to get patients in the door, but ultimately lean heavily on junk science and spiritual guilt to talk women out of having an abortion. In January, California became the first state in the country to enact a law successfully cracking down on the state’s nearly 350 misleading clinics.

At least in theory.

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Backers of crisis pregnancy centers try to intimidate opponents

The last time I checked, California’s laws were made by the Legislature. The pro-choice voters of California elected legislators to pass laws protecting abortion rights and bucking a national trend of relentless attacks on reproductive freedom.

But now the Legislature’s willingness to break new ground has attracted attention from the anti-choice movement wreaking havoc around the country. Multi-million dollar organizations have filed five separate lawsuits to try to stop the Reproductive FACT Act, a law designed to provide women with critical information when they are making time-sensitive decisions about pregnancy.

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California crisis pregnancy centers must now inform women of their options

Early last year, NARAL’s Pro-Choice California released the results of a year-long undercover investigation of California’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers. These centers advertise offers of help to women with unplanned pregnancies. Their inconspicuous billboards in Los Angeles showed a young woman with a one-word question and a simple answer, “Pregnant? We can help,” followed by a phone number. There is no information about what these women will face once they go through their doors: Misinformation and pressure that they must continue with the pregnancy.

Due in large part to NARAL’s investigation, a new California law went into effect on January 1 that forces these centers to provide reproductive facts and information women can use.

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Crisis pregnancy centers fail in fight against California reproductive disclosure law

California crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) must tell patients about the availability of birth control and abortion services, a federal judge said Tuesday, rejecting a court motion to temporarily block a state disclosure law.

Judge John A. Houston with the Southern District Court of California held that the “state clearly has a legitimate interest in ensuring pregnant woman are fully advised of their rights and treatment options when making reproductive health care decisions and the required disclosure is undeniably rationally related to that interest.”…

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