We Heart: The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

10485919_10153149876454894_2080004283028267483_nThere are more than 3,500 “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country—you likely have one in your community.

CPCs are faux clinics staffed by people with little to no medical training and are often located near abortion clinics. The staff provide false information about pregnancy to women in an attempt to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. These centers often have innocuous-sounding names like Pregnancy Counseling Center, Women’s Support Center or Emergency Pregnancy Aid, and some even masquerade as abortion clinics.

NARAL Pro-Choice America conducted an undercover investigation of these centers to raise public awareness and alert women to their dangers. Its study showed that an alarming 91 percent of CPCs told visitors that abortion was linked to breast cancer, miscarriage, infertility or suicide—myths that have been dispelled by the scientific community. You can read NARAL’s full report here.

As part of its campaign to raise the profile of these harmful centers, NARAL also deployed two comedians, Aparna Nancherla and Eliza Skinner, to UC Berkeley to see just how much students knew about CPCs. The results are both hilarious and exasperating.

Watch the video below.

Get involved with Feminist Campus’ Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics and stop CPCs from operating in your community.

Anita Little is the associate editor at Ms. magazine. Follow her on Twitter.

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