Avoiding Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Over the past two decades, the anti-choice movement has set up thousands of facilities across the country called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs are anti-choice organizations that pose as legitimate reproductive health care facilities in order to intentionally deceive and misinform the public about abortion and birth control. In 2011, the New York City Council passed a bill intended to protect New Yorkers from the misleading and predatory practices of CPCs. Under this law, CPCs must post signage at their facilities that clearly states that there is no licensed medical provider on staff overseeing its services. A similar notification must be made on CPC websites, advertisements, and other promotional material.
If you suspect you have visited a crisis pregnancy center that is not posting this signage, please contact NARAL Pro-Choice New York staff at 646.520.3512.
Here are some warning signs that a facility may be a CPC:
- When you call to get more information or to set up an appointment, they tell you they will only give you information if you come into their office. It is your right to ask questions and they should provide you with any basic information you need over the phone.
- Clinics that advertise free pregnancy tests and counseling but are ambiguous or evasive about other healthcare services, including the availability of abortion services on the premises, are most likely a CPC.
If you are seeking counseling to decide whether or not to continue your pregnancy, you have a right to compassionate, professional, and honest advice about all the options that are available to you. Your local Planned Parenthood is a good place to start (call 800.230.PLAN).