Health

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Caught Giving False Information to Women in Virginia

| by Michael Allen

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia secretly recorded conversations at two crisis pregnancy centers, in which there were several false statements from the counselors.

For years, it has been reported that crisis pregnancy centers do not have actual medical personnel on staff, but rather pro-life counselors. While they have a right to speak their views, they have also been caught misleading women when it comes to medical facts.

According to Salon.com, some of the recent statements made by the Virginia crisis pregnancy centers, include:

Condoms are “naturally porous” and do not protect against STDs.

Women who have taken the birth-control pill for four years prior to their first pregnancy have a 46% increased risk of breast cancer.

Having an abortion will damage all of your future relationships.

If you have an abortion, you will see that child’s soul again in the future: “At the end of the world you’re gonna know that was my child that I choose to kill.”

Audio of the undercover recordings can be found at ProChoiceAmerica.org, which is the website for NARAL.

An op-ed in the New York Times by pro-choice advocate Katie Stack wrote that crisis-pregnancy centers had engaged in less than truthful statements in the past:

A Congressional investigation in 2006 found that 87 percent of the centers surveyed provided false or misleading medical information. Nonetheless, the government has given over $9.3 million in grants to these centers since 2007 — mostly under the Bush administration.

Sources: New York Times, ProChoiceAmerica.org, Salon.com, CHSourcebook.com, Jezebel.com