Women in Texas Are Being Duped by Fake Anti-Choice Clinics

Written by Tara Culp-Ressler

As dozens of abortion clinics across Texas have been forced to halt their services in the wake of a stringent new anti-choice law that took effect in November, many women in the state are searching for new options. Some of them will likely wind up in “crisis pregnancy centers” in the hopes that they’ll be able to get medical care there.

But those right-wing organizations are essentially front groups for the anti-choice community. Their employees work to dissuade women from choosing to end a pregnancy, and often spread serious misinformation about birth control, abortion, and sexual health. As Al Jazeera reports, however, many Texas women may not actually realize that these anti-abortion CPCs aren’t viable alternatives to real clinics.

CPCs typically actively mislead patients about the nature of their facilities — they’re practically indistinguishable from other health clinics, and sometimes falsely advertise abortion services that they don’t actually provide. They often set up shop right next to abortion clinics specifically to confuse women. In Texas, CPC employees wear white coats and offer ultrasound procedures, giving the perception of medical professionalism. But the people who work at CPCs are not required to be licensed health workers, and CPCs themselves are not subject to any oversight by the state of Texas. Outside investigations have found that many of them have a long history of safety and ethics violations.

Nonetheless, these anti-choice facilities are an especially attractive option for the low-income women who struggle to afford health services, since CPCs offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasound procedures. When those vulnerable women walk into a CPC, they likely don’t realize that they won’t have the full range of reproductive health services available to them there: birth control, STD tests and treatment, and abortion services aren’t offered. NARAL Pro-Choice America, which has conducted extensive undercover investigations into the anti-abortion tactics used at CPCs, has found some incidences of CPC employees withholding ultrasound results if women indicate that they want to take them to an abortion clinic.

Al Jazeera notes that since there are no regulations governing CPCs, anyone can start operating one — so they’ve particularly flourished in the Lone Star State. In the areas where abortion clinics are being forced to close, CPCs remain open. That’s partly because they’re endorsed by state lawmakers. Texas has spent the past several years gutting funding for Planned Parenthood and cracking down on abortion providers, but the state directly funds crisis pregnancy centers.

Texas is the most recent example of this dynamic, but it’s hardly the only one. Across the country, the number of crisis pregnancy centers far exceeds the number of abortion clinics — there are an estimated 4,000 CPCs nationwide, compared to just over 2,000 abortion clinics. Aside from Texas, 33 other states also funnel money directly to these right-wing groups. Meanwhile, a record number of abortion clinics have closed their doors over the past three years because restrictive anti-choice laws are forcing them out of business. Some states have attempted to enact regulations to prevent crisis pregnancy centers from misleading patients about their services, but the anti-choice community has largely fought off those laws by claiming they violate freedom of speech.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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Ros G.
Ros G2 years ago

LOL Pam...please don't give them any ideas..they probably never thought of that.

Carole L.
Carole L2 years ago

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A panel of 12 men on the Republican House Judiciary Committee just held a hearing on a bill that could allow the IRS to audit survivors of rape or incest for using their contraceptive health care coverage.

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Carole L.
Carole L2 years ago

Scott T
“@ Carole L. "The [Arabian] Peninsula"), also known as Aljazeera and JSC (Jazeera Satellite Channel), is a Qatari broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network and headquartered in Doha, Qatar.

Which part is American owned?”


1. What is Al Jazeera America?

Al Jazeera America is a news, information, lifestyle and investigative journalism television channel and online news desk. Headquartered in New York City with 12 bureaus around the country, Al Jazeera America broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week from studios around the United States and the world.

7. What is the difference between Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America?

Al Jazeera America is a completely different channel from Al Jazeera English and all of the other channels in the Al Jazeera Media Network. While all Al Jazeera channels abide by the same rigorous Code of Ethics and share a strong desire to interconnect local and global news and focus on the human side of every story, each channel serves its own audience and is managed separately and independently. Al Jazeera America is an American company incorporated in Delaware and has its own board and advisory board.

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Ros G.
Ros G2 years ago

Thanks for the article...no surprises here..even the pro-abortion groups aren't prepared to listen to others that have implemented successful outcomes in their own Country by doing away with these clinics that became targets...

Amanda M.
Amanda M2 years ago

These CPCs should be banned, or at the very least criminally charged because of their false advertising, deliberate dissemination of medical misinformation and outright LIES about contraception, sexuality, and effects of contraception and/or abortion. Not only that, but they can also lie to the woman about how far along she is in an attempt to prevent her from getting an abortion. Worse, many are not only funded by the Religious Reich, but also engage in religion-sanctioned HARASSMENT of the women who are lured in by their false promises. I don't care if they call it proselytizing or evangelizing-their preaching their twisted version of Christianity at these vulnerable women and threatening them with hellfire and damnation if they choose to abort anyway should be considered criminal harassment.

These places are EVIL and only serve to prevent women from accessing REAL reproductive health care.

pam w.
pam w2 years ago

"90% of our work involves providing cribs, layettes, baby clothes maternity clothes car seats, formula and medical referrals for women whose babies are already born or who have already made the decision to go to term."

+++++++++++++ Really? And how about expenses for the next 20 years? How about providing at LEAST enough to educate the child....pay for its health care....send it to camp.....etc?

I'll say it again.....there will come a time very soon when women will form networks to help get women needing abortions to those States where they're safe and legal! Perhaps these rabid ''in your womb'' radicals would like to stand at the border of those repressive States and try harrassing every women who's leaving?

Karen H.
Karen H2 years ago

Republicans in the House of Representatives are looking to make 2014 another banner year for anti-abortion laws. A panel of 12 MEN on the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill Thursday that would deny tax subsidies to women and small businesses who purchase health insurance plans that include abortion coverage.
The Republican National Committee has announced it plans to delay its annual winter meeting this year so members can attend the annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C.
Now’s the time to bombard your representatives to tell them how you feel.

Alisha Walker
.2 years ago

Mary H – You can get information about adoption, pregnancy housing, and assistance a million places. Even if you couldn’t, providing that info and services that help pregnant women does not give anyone the right to lie to them. As for the lack of regulation about abortion centers – give me a break. Abortion is much more tightly regulated than any other out-patient procedure I’m aware of, even though it’s a very safe procedure. As for the minors with adult boyfriends – those men should be reported. There is a federal law, which most abortion clinics are required to tell you about, that says that no woman, whether married, minor or otherwise, can ever be forced into having an abortion. No, women at Planned Parenthood clinics are not pressured to consider adoption, because that is the woman’s choice and no one has the right to pressure a woman either way on abortion and adoption, but it is as available as information on abortion. I think it’s perfectly fine for a doctor who performs abortions to lack admitting privileges, because the hospital HAS to admit the patient in the case of complications anyway- whether the doctor has admitting privileges or not. I’m sure you’re under a different impression about that, but you’ve been lied to. Call your local ER and ask someone if you don’t believe me.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se2 years ago


Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Ellen all but 1% or 2% of abarotions happen BEFORE the 22-24 week period. There are statisically very few late term abortions. Of course the right wing pundits wont tell you that becauase then you wont keep getting angry about it.