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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2013
Ohio Crisis Pregnancy Centers Shame and Mislead Women on Healthcare Options
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation Releases Undercover Report
Columbus, OH – A year-long investigation into crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation revealed widespread use of medically inaccurate information designed to coerce women from making health care decisions they believe are best for them. The investigation included phone calls with more than 100 CPCs and in-person visits to a randomly selected list of 55.
"What we found was a disturbing pattern of crisis pregnancy center’s willing to mislead women,” said Jaime Miracle, policy director of the Ohio-based organization. "When making a decision about their health women deserve comprehensive, non-judgmental and medically accurate information, so that she can make an informed decision. It’s wrong to mislead anyone seeking medical information.”
In a video that NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation investigators received at several CPCs a woman says:
"No one tells you that you’ll want to kill yourself after you do an abortion…Having had that abortion turned me into a crack head whore.”
Key findings in the 31-page report include:
- 47% gave misleading information on the connection between mental health problems and abortion;
- 38% provided false information about the connection between breast cancer, infertility and abortion.
- None provided referrals or information on contraceptive services aside from natural family planning or abstinence.
- 38% of CPCs offered free ultrasounds, however, 95% did not mention that their ultrasound was for non-diagnostic purposes and limited in scope
"No matter how a person feels about abortion, everyone can agree that women should never be misled when seeking information about pregnancy, birth control, abortion, or sexually transmitted infections. Yet it is happening across the state," said Miracle. "Our investigation makes it clear that crisis pregnancy centers should not be promoted by the State of Ohio or receive taxpayer funding.”
For full text of the report, please visit http://www.prochoiceohio.org/what-is-choice/cpc/reporttext.shtml or call 1-614-221-2594 to request a copy.
Contact: Jaime Miracle, 614-221-2594