According to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, 45 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unintended. But, for years, pregnancy centers have offered compassionate care and vital resources to help women in this situation. Despite the incredible support these centers have for women, several pro-choice groups attempt to degrade the work they do by labeling them “fake clinics” and encouraging people to write false reviews about them online.
Their assertions couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are some of the biggest misnomers about pregnancy centers debunked:
- Pregnancy Centers Operate Without Medical Licenses
There seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding here. There are two types of pregnancy centers: medical and non-medical. There are currently 600 non-medical pregnancy centers in the country that provide women with material resources, peer counseling, and parenting education classes. These centers are not required to hold a medical license because their services are non-medical.
In regards to pregnancy centers that do provide medical care, not only are they under the direction of a licensed medical physician, but, in 2017, registered nurses and medical sonographers dedicated over 400,000 hours to serving at pregnancy centers. That same year, 7,500 medical professionals volunteered to serve clients at pregnancy centers at no cost.
It should be noted that health and safety requirements for abortion clinics have weakened throughout the years and inspections have revealed numerous health code violations at abortion facilities. While side-effects of abortion include hemorrhaging and cervical lacerations, no serious medical complications such as these have ever been recorded to have taken place at a pregnancy center.
- Pregnancy Centers Try to Deceive Women
The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) has attempted to claim that pregnancy centers are deceptive, but there is zero evidence to support this. One of their main accusations is that pregnancy centers lure women to their facilities by lying about providing abortions. However, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and investigations from undercover investigators in Los Angeles, California, found no evidence of pregnancy centers promising women abortions to trick them into coming there.
Pregnancy centers also follow a strict code of ethics, ensuring women are met with honesty when seeking support. Abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, however, have lied to women about the development of their babies, providing mammograms and prenatal care at their facilities, as well as how often they perform abortions.
- Pregnancy Centers Lie About Abortion
A 2011 study found an increased risk of mental health issues for women who have had abortions, such as anxiety, depression, and an increased risk for substance abuse. 79 studies have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an abortion procedure, representing three out of every four of the 108 worldwide studies conducted on the link between abortion and breast cancer. Punam Kumar Gill, a pro-choice feminist, even acknowledged the research in a documentary.
Other side-effects include the risk of preterm birth— and even first-trimester abortions— have been shown to increase the risk of vaginal bleeding, low birth weight, and placenta complications.
Pregnancy centers ensure women are fully aware of these risks in order to preserve the safety of the woman. Abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood, however, have fought informed consent laws and attempt to conceal real threats to women’s health by dismissing peer-reviewed studies exposing the harm abortion does as mere myths.
- Pregnancy Centers Push Religious Propaganda
Some pregnancy centers are religiously-affiliated, but that is because they believe the church has a duty to help. More than four in 10 women who have had an abortion were churchgoers, and in a survey of 1,038 women who have had abortions, 70 percent identified as Christian, and 43 percent reported they had attended church monthly or more at the time of their abortion. Pregnancy centers create a community of love for women and seek to surround them with the support they need during an unplanned pregnancy.
To help women, pregnancy centers offer a variety of options for women to go through in order to best meet their needs. For example, these centers offer counseling to women post-abortion. A woman has the option of undergoing a non-religious program if that is what she wishes, as pregnancy centers are focused on bringing women healing through a time of grief.
Pregnancy centers welcome women with love and counsel and provide resources to help women and their babies. Women who have had abortions in the past will not be turned away, and they establish a relationship with each woman in order to present her with the best care options.
If one calls his or herself pro-choice, then he or she must acknowledge supporting a woman’s right to abortion does not fully meet her needs. Everyone should be supportive of centers that provide women with a variety of care options that empower them to be able to keep their babies.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.