March 20, 2018 In The News

I Went To A Fake Women’s Health Center, & This Is What Happened

I was 21 years old when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I knew that before I made a decision about my pregnancy, I wanted to get information from a medical professional — information that I could use to make the right choice for me and my partner. I remembered that there was a place I had passed dozens of times, right near my college in a working-class town that said it offered help to pregnant women looking for information. The women’s health center had a very generic name — “The Pregnancy Center” — the kind you’d expect to see at any health clinic. So, I made an appointment, hoping they could provide me with the help and information I needed without requiring me to take extra time out of my college classes.

But the “pregnancy center” wasn’t a real health clinic. The place I visited was a fake women’s health center — you might have heard of them referred to as “crisis pregnancy centers.” These places are at the center of a case that the Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments on.

These fronts are in the business of deceiving pregnant women like me into thinking they offer comprehensive medical care, when in fact they pressure, manipulate, and harass pregnant women into not getting an abortion. They lure pregnant women to their centers by hiding their anti-choice agenda with unassuming clinic names, websites that feature people in white coats, and offices modeled exactly after real health clinics. And they actually outnumber legitimate abortion providers, according to a Supreme Court filing cited by the New York Times.