Katie Stack works as a patients' advocate at an Ohio abortion clinic and also is a pro-choice activist at the "Crisis Project."
She recently went undercover at Womankind, a crisis pregnancy center in Cleveland, Ohio, and pretended to possibly be pregnant after failing to use a condom with her boyfriend.
In secretly recorded videos (below), Stack asks the Womankind counselor: “I know there’s a pill you can take to not get pregnant. And I don’t know if you have to go to the doctor?”
"It sounds like the morning after pill. If you have intercourse and then take this pill and it causes a period to come on or something, or bleeding," replies the unidentified female counselor. "It’s like having kind of an abortion. That could harm you. It really could harm you. You could hemorrhage from anything like that.”
However, this is not true.
According to Salon.com, "the so-called morning after pill, or emergency contraception, has been shown only to block ovulation to prevent fertilization after unprotected sex; it’s decidedly not an abortion. It is entirely distinct from medication abortion, which can only be taken at a doctor’s office, and which does cause bleeding by inducing a miscarriage."
After giving Stack inaccurate information, the counselor then delves into the young woman's personal life: “Why do you have sex? You’re not married... It has consequences and you don’t want to put the consequences on having to harm yourself. And harming yourself would be having an abortion. Or taking the pill after," says the counselor.
Crisis pregnancy centers are often set up near Planned Parenthood clinics and are primarily concerned with preventing women from having an abortion. However, the crisis pregnancy centers often do not have a real medical staff and may give out skewed medical information.
Some crisis pregnancy centers have told women that they may get cancer if they have an abortion, but the National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that it "convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk... They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer."
According to the New York Times:
Pregnancy centers, while not new, now number about 2,500, compared with about 1,800 abortion providers. Ms. Maxon estimated that the centers see about a million clients annually, with another million attending abstinence and other programs. Abortion rights advocates have long called some of their approaches deceptive or manipulative. Medical and other experts say some dispense scientifically flawed information, exaggerating abortion’s risks.
The Crisis Project also secretly recorded Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee and current anti-abortion activist, during a 2012 conference (audio below).
On the audio, Johnson tells pregnancy crisis center workers: "We want to appear neutral on the outside. The best call, the best client you ever get is one that thinks they’re walking into an abortion clinic. Those are the best clients that could ever walk in your door or call your center, the ones that think you provide abortions.”