March 4, 2018 In The News

Point Of View: Fake women’s health centers deceive women

In March of 2014, I was 16 years old and scared because there was a chance I was experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.

Every day on my way to school I would pass a Community Pregnancy Center. I did not know much about this facility, except it advertised on the side of its building: “FREE PREGNANCY TESTING.” I thought maybe this was a legitimate health facility that could help me.

I learned quickly this was not a legitimate health care provider — even though the Florida Legislature wants you to think it is. These fake women’s health centers advertise free pregnancy testing and pregnancy-options education, but they oppose abortion and contraception and therefore will not provide comprehensive counseling or referrals. The Florida Legislature has passed House Bill 41, legislation that would permanently send millions in tax dollars to these fake women’s health centers that oppose abortion and judge, shame and intentionally try to trick women. I struggle to understand how a legitimate health care provider could operate like this.