These "Crisis Centers" Will Try To Convince You To Stay Pregnant
“They spread these lies hoping to frighten women and to persuade them not to go ahead with obtaining the abortion that they want.”
America's attitudes about abortion have shifted over the past few decades, but with a resurgence in conservative thought and action (seen perhaps most explicitly in the case of North Carolina's anti-LGBT laws) many are looking to push social progress backwards in terms of a woman's right to choose.
Need evidence? Comedians Samantha Bee and Patton Oswalt have launched a hilarious(ly depressing) investigation into "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which claim to help pregnant women make family planning decisions but actually exist to discourage ladies from getting abortions.
“A crisis pregnancy center is a fake abortion clinic,” explains Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation in the segment. “They spread these lies hoping to frighten women and to persuade them not to go ahead with obtaining the abortion that they want.”
These crisis centers are dressed up to look almost exactly like real abortion centers, but they often pull some rather nefarious bait-and-switches to get women to change their attitudes about their own healthcare. Some centers went as far as employing fake and unlicensed nurses and doctors to dispense unreliable, unrealistic, and patently untrue medical advice.
One of the scariest details revealed by the investigation is that many of these centers immediately disappear after dispensing highly conservative anti-choice propaganda (or sometimes straight up lies) -- meaning that they can't later be help accountable. “They have disappeared without a trace,” said a woman who encountered one of these centers, ultimately convincing her to keep her pregnancy. “When it was difficult to get food stamps or when it was difficult to get his father on child support, they weren’t there. My son deserved to have a situation where he didn’t have to worry about his mother struggling to make the ends meet until I was able to figure it out. He deserved to be able to come into a loving situation, not in a situation where I was confused or because of a lie.”
One more terrifying thing revealed in the investigation: These centers, which by some statistics outnumber the amount of actual abortion clinics, are totally legal and protected by the First Amendment.