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Fake Clinics Outnumber Real Providers 10 to 1 in Texas, Half Receive Government Funding

Government-Funded Abortion Clinics Outnumber Real Clinics in Texas

Crisis pregnancy centers argue that they merely offer an alternative to abortion. Yet time and again, investigations reveal that these clinics promote religious material, give women false information, and even threaten women to coerce them to give birth.

Yet Texas lawmakers continue to fund these facilities, which offer no real medical care. The Texas Alternatives to Abortion program has distributed more than $21.6 million in funding to anti-abortion organizations since 2014. Lawmakers continue to slash funding to family planning services, while diverting millions to clinics that can provide no evidence that any service they provide confers any benefit on women.

In some cases, lawmakers have taken funding from programs for needy children to fund crisis pregnancy centers.

How Fake Clinics Hurt Women

Crisis pregnancy centers take a heavy-handed approach to advertising. They target abortion-related keywords in Google searches, and in many cases end up outranking actual clinics. The influx of government funding helps them outspend clinics providing real medical services.

Numerous investigations have shown that these clinics harm women. Even when the clinics are effective at convincing women to give birth, they offer no maternity care and no real support.

Women who opt to have abortions may face threats and stalking. Because crisis pregnancy centers aren’t medical providers, they’re not bound by medical ethics or medical privacy laws. Yet women often reveal private medical information because they think they’re receiving medical services. This enables the clinics to sell women’s information to third parties, and even tell anti-abortion activists about women who intend to seek abortions. In at least one case, a crisis pregnancy center used confidential health information to continually intimidate a 17-year-old and her family.

Fake clinics argue that they have a free speech right to lie to women and pretend to be medical providers. In NIFLA v. Bacerra, a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, California crisis pregnancy centers argue that a law requiring them to disclose that they do not offer medical services is unconstitutional.

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What is a Fake Clinic or Fake Abortion Clinics?

If you’re looking to have an abortion, be sure you contact a REAL abortion clinic and not a #FakeClinic (Fake Clinic or fake abortion clinics).

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Start your search here for a reputable abortion clinic, doctor, or private center that truly offers abortion services.

The videos below will help you understand “What is a Fake Clinic or Fake Abortion Clinics”. Watch the following videos to learn how you can avoid them. Their goal is to mislead you and delay you in your decision making about terminating a pregnancy that has been unplanned or unwanted. They intentionally lie to women seeking abortion and promote crisis pregnancy centers.

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Abortion: Republicans Believe in Life Before Birth and After Death, But NOT In Between

Ultimate Birth Control by Ann Rose

Seventeen children died in yet another school shooting this week. The Republican Party that cares only about children before they are born has done nothing to stop more kids from dying. Instead, their focus on forcing women to birth babies they do not want or cannot care for remains steadfast. Here are five new ways anti-choice zealots are working to control women as they ignore the needs of living, breathing children.

Mississippi House Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban 

Mississippi abortion clinics might soon be prohibited from providing abortions past 15 weeks gestation. The state already bans abortions past 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This week, the majority-Republican house voted to ban all abortions beyond 15 weeks. The measure garnered some support from Democrats, apparently ever willing to throw women under the bus.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Co-Opt Google Maps

Women who seek abortion clinics or a pregnancy test on Google maps may be diverted to crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) instead. CPCs offer little or no medical care, but do tell women lies about the physical and psychological perils of abortion. Some even lie to women about the services they offer, in an attempt to stall a woman’s abortion. In so doing, they may cause a woman to wait until her second trimester, when abortions become more expensive and more legally restricted.

Georgetown University students recently tested what happens to women who call CPCs seeking help. They found that these centers are often dishonest about their intentions. Rather than using overtly anti-choice language, they use covert tactics to stall women seeking abortions, and to instill fear about the procedure. Yet they offer few or no resources or support for women undertaking the Herculean task of raising a child born from an unplanned pregnancy.

Arizona Wants Women to Justify Their Abortions

In Arizona, the Health and Human Services committee approved Senate Bill 1394 along party lines. The bill would require abortion providers to review a checklist of possible reasons for abortions, allowing the state to gather data on why women seek abortions. While the law does not ban abortions for specific reasons, the process could make women seeking abortions feel threatened—or even create the illusion that a woman can only seek an abortion if the government thinks her reason is good enough.

Tennessee Votes to Force Women to Look at Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds

Abortion: Republican Legislators in the Tennessee House recently approved legislation requiring women to undergo ultrasounds prior to seeking an abortion. The original version of the bill would have banned abortion after a heartbeat can be detected—usually around 6 weeks gestation. In a new version of the law, abortion providers would be required to perform an ultrasound, then share the results with women seeking abortions. Democratic Representative Sherry Jones, in a floor debate, called the measure “emotional abuse.”

Trump Administration Budget Endangers Women

The Trump Administration recently unveiled FY2019 budget could slash programs for women and children. It creates significant additional requirements for low-income people seeking support services, reduces Medicaid funding, and blocks access to preventative care at Planned Parenthood and similar clinics.

May Rupert, Senior Director of Policy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement:

“President Trump’s proposed budget harms women, families, immigrants, low-income people and all others who deserve a government that protects and respects their rights, health and well-being.

“Instead of using this opportunity to propose meaningful investments that would improve the health and well-being of women and families, the Trump administration has created a budget that erects barriers to critical healthcare coverage and services for women.

“This budget does not represent a meaningful starting point for negotiation. Congress must flat-out reject this effort to make it more difficult for women to access abortion and essential services.”

Why Do Anti-Choicers Keep Lying About Abortion?

Anti-choice extremists continue to lie to women about the effects of abortion, suggesting that morality has little to do with their movement. These lies are especially prevalent at so-called crisis pregnancy centers. Crisis pregnancy centers draw desperate women in with promises of free reproductive health care and pregnancy tests, then subject them to an onslaught of frightening and misleading information about abortion. “Patients” at these centers may also be told that birth control does not work, that sex outside of marriage is dangerous and wrong, or that women who have abortions are dying in droves. According to a new study of crisis pregnancy centers in Canada, misleading information and overt lies are commonplace at these facilities.

To learn more, follow ACOL’s Daily Kos story on the issue here.