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5 Lies Crisis Pregnancy Centers Tell

5 Lies Crisis Pregnancy Centers Tell

It's bad enough that having an abortion in Ireland can land you in jail for life, but now pro-life agencies are disseminating misleading info — you'll need a hysterectomy after your abortion — to women seeking advice.

Thankfully abortions do not involve prison sentences in the United States, but there are pro-life agencies lurking about, disguised as "crisis pregnancy centers," to dissuade women from having abortions. They rely heavily on nonmedical, volunteer staff to give drugstore pregnancy tests, perform sonograms (which they may or may not be qualified for), and "counsel" women to view sonogram pictures. Since women go willingly, there's not much anyone can do to stop rogue centers.

While many claim they counsel all options, crisis centers are known for spewing out exaggerations, half-truths, and all-out lies. Here are five of the worst.

  1. The pill causes infertility: Nope. While some women may experience irregular periods after going off the pill, it is usually related to another problem.
  2. Abortion causes PASS: PASS, or Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome, is not recognized by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association, and John Hopkins University says there's no credible evidence supporting its existence. So, basically, it's fake.

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  1. Abortion causes breast cancer: Centers tell women that abortions can increase breast-cancer risk by up to 80 percent. The National Cancer Institute and World Health Organization say no such link exists.
  2. Condoms don't protect against STDs: I think they're confusing condoms with birth control, but who has time for such details. Obviously, condoms are widely used for their ability to protect against STDs. It's even been proven!
  3. Abortion often ends in suicide: Women who visited a crisis pregnancy center in Virginia said they were told 28 percent of women who've had abortions commit suicide. There is no statistic to back this up.
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runningesq runningesq 7 years
But, Keke, what you or I think or feel is totally irrelevant to a woman making a difficult decision. We don't have to live with that decision - whatever is may be. IMHO, people who work at pregnancy centers should work as therapists - as sounding boards. A good therapist listens and encourages her patient to make her OWN decisions. People who work at pregnancy centers should listen and encourage women to weigh all of their options, not state what THEY think is best.
Keke84 Keke84 7 years
Runningesq: What Anonymous posted is the situation I am speaking towards. People in both centers, crisis and abortion, have an agenda. They feel strongly towards one way or the other. When a woman comes in, effectively that woman is asking for their help and advice. When someone asks your advice, what you feel and think does matter. If it didn't, the advice would be useless. The people in the centers will advise in the way they see is best. Whether that be abortion, adoption or keeping the baby. This may not be perfect, unbiased way of providing prenatal help to a confused woman, but it is human.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Keke: If you truly believed that a woman's life would be better off with OR without a child in it (for whatever religious/scientific/etc reason), would you not try and convince her to do as you felt was best? Especially if that was your job? No, I wouldn't. Because it's HER LIFE and HER BODY and who am I to tell her that she (1) should have the child and raise him/her, (2) have an abortion, (3) have child and give child up for adoption. Why should what I feel is best matter? It's not my life, my body, my pregnancy, or my life.
Keke84 Keke84 7 years
I completely agree with the anonymous who mentioned that this was a biased article. While I do not disagree that there may be Crisis Pregnancy Centers out there that push a certain agenda, there are most certainly clinics that push an abortion agenda. For whatever well-intentioned purposes. If you truly believed that a woman's life would be better off with OR without a child in it (for whatever religious/scientific/etc reason), would you not try and convince her to do as you felt was best? Especially if that was your job? That being said, there are most certainly clinics on both sides of the issue handing out fair and balanced information. I can only hope that if ever a situation arises for a friend or family member and they need to go to any one of these clinics, they find a caring, compassionate place that informs them of the true facts.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
SarahKA84, it is fantastic that you volunteered for a centre that was honest and supportive, but no one is saying that all centres lie. Personally I think a woman would have to be a bit thick to think the pill causes infertility, usually because a script is needed for the pill so any concerns should have been aired with the Doctor first.
JamieRunning JamieRunning 7 years
Worst. You should be able to trust that you are getting accurate information whenever you go to a clinic of any type. Both sides should be presented when making any medical decision - this includes getting any kind of medication from your GP (you should know the side-effects and if there are any alternative avenues to take). We should be able to make informed decisions always.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't think telling people that they'll get cancer or their bowels will be sucked out is an innocent mistake. This is blatant, purposeful lying - not a mistake. And yes there are legitimate crisis pregnancy centers, who do counsel on different options available. The difference is that they don't lie about abortions and should the person choose to have an abortion, they are willing to provide the abortion services.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
Since they want to dissuade women from getting abortions, I can understand why they'd make up stuff about abortions causing cancer and "PASS" and whatnot, but how in the world is telling women not to use condoms or birth control going to help them stop women from getting abortions in any way whatsoever? It's just going to get more unplanned babies!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I was walking to class one day and all over campus were these people handing out these big packages... I had no idea what they were, so I took one from one of the people when it was practically shoved in my face. It was a package full of false information like this. I was sickened. Usually when an argument is invalid, its proponents resort to pulling stuff out of their asses in order to keep the argument alive.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't think this discussion is about women being more responsible with their choicies/bodies. This discussion is about pro-lifers who form fake clinics to push their pro-life agenda. They are doing so by spreading lies and are purposely misinforming these women and trying to fill them with fear that they have a 1 in 5 chance of committing suicide and that their bowels may be sucked out or they'll get breast cancer. Fear and lying is not the way to go about getting your message out.
jrsygrlwi jrsygrlwi 7 years
Ok, I am 100% supportive of a woman's right to choose, BUT we need to be real here. These locations and centers have NO RIGHT to lie to women. Again... BUT condoms DO NOT prevent STD's that are spread by contact. They only prevent STD's that are spread fluid to fluid. Also, you can not deny that women are MUCH LESS careful about who they sleep with and how it is done b/c there are so few consequences for them. Get pregnant and don't want it, just have an abortion or give that baby up later on. Like I said, I 100% support a woman's right to choose, but I feel women need to be more responsible with their choices and their bodies.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Chloe - that's really interesting. I wrote a paper in law school about pharmacists refusing to dispense birth control. It's a first amendment versus right to medical care battle. Interesting - and scary - stuff. And as much as this saddens me, it doesn't surprise me.
weffie weffie 7 years
If 28% of the women who'd had abortions committed suicide, the female population would be considerably smaller. We'd be short almost a million women in Canada alone, I'm sure that would be a widely-known fact! The article also says some women were told "that a doctor performing an abortion could accidentally suck out your bowels," hahahahaha how could someone actually believe this crap?
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Ugh! Can't they encourage women to reconsider abortion without resorting to shady tactics? These people are trying to preach moral principles when they are the ones with guilty consciences.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Wow, how could anyone flat out lie like that?
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Very sad in this day that women are still made to feel bad about their choices.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I wrote a Law Review article on abortion informed consent laws when I was in law school. There's actually one state (I forget which one) that legally requires DOCTORS to tell patients that having an abortion will increase their risk of developing breast cancer, even though it's not true. It's bad enough that these "crisis centers" disseminate false information, but it's even more alarming that some states force doctors to do so as well.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
It is disgusting that these centers have no problems lying to vulnerable women all in the name of their cause. And Ireland really needs to step up and allow abortions. Women will find a way to have them regardless, may as well ensure they are doing it in a safe and sanitary manner, rather than some back street or having to travel to another country.
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