These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists. Here’s what it reveals about the state of reproductive rights These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists.

These clinics used to provide abortions. Now they are owned by antiabortion activists.
Here’s what it reveals about the state of reproductive rights

Rebecca Grant
September 19, 2018

Debra Choat stood in the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, Tenn., a space that used to be an abortion clinic.

Granite slabs cover the wall. Each plate is inscribed with the name of a “baby lost to abortion,” said Choat. Some of the plates have full names inscribed on them while others have a first name. Some have a last name or just “Our Little Angel.”

On a mantel below the wall rest dozens of stuffed animals, letters and toys left by visitors.

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/these-clinics-used-to-provide-abortions-now-they-are-owned-by-antiabortion-activists/

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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USA – Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers deliver few services

By Mary Tuma
Fri., July 20, 2018

"They won't tell you this wherever they do these things, but it's a very big risk. You may never be able to conceive children. There's about a 90% chance you may never be able to have children down that road."

That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association. The procedure, they were warned, was "very painful," and they would "hear the vacuum sucking the fetus out."

Continued: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2018-07-20/crisis-pregnancy-centers-money-for-nothing/

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USA – SCOTUS Turns its Back on Women

SCOTUS Turns its Back on Women
Supreme Court ruling condones deceptive tactics of fake women’s health centers, puts Roe at risk

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

After the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in NIFLA v. Becerra, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“One vote: That’s the difference between ending the lies and deception at fake women’s health centers or letting them off the hook for their dangerous and deceptive practices. The deception at fake women’s health centers is real, but five Justices still refused to act on behalf of women who need accurate information to make the best decisions for our families and our lives. Today, the Supreme Court turned its back on women and condoned the deceptive tactics used by fake women’s health centers.

Continued: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/2018/06/26/scotus-turns-its-back-on-women/

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USA – Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

June 26, 2018
Nina Totenberg and Sarah McCammon

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision upholding a California law requiring anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are.

The case pitted the right to know against the right of free speech. On one side are self-identified "crisis pregnancy centers" that seek to prevent abortions and on the other side is the state of California, which enacted a 2015 law to ensure that these centers do not intentionally or unintentionally mislead the women who walk through their doors.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/26/606427673/supreme-court-sides-with-california-anti-abortion-pregnancy-centers

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USA: Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers

Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers
When users seek facilities for the procedure, Google Maps often presents ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that discourage abortions

Sam Levin in San Francisco
Tue 13 Feb 2018

Google searches for abortion services direct users to anti-abortion centers across the US, according to a new report that has sparked concerns from reproductive rights’ groups.

In response to the question “Where can I get an abortion near me?”, Google Maps frequently suggests “crisis pregnancy centers”, which are often non-medical facilities that provide counseling meant to discourage women from having abortions.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/13/abortions-near-me-google-search-results-anti-pro-life-groups-promote

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USA: Be Careful What You Sue For

Be Careful What You Sue For
If the Supreme Court strikes down California’s “crisis pregnancy center” disclosure act, dozens of anti-abortion laws could fall with it.

Nov 13, 2017
By Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to weigh in on NIFLA v. Becerra, yet another religion-fueled fight over free speech. NIFLA involves a long-simmering dispute surrounding a 2015 California law requiring the state’s more than 200 “crisis pregnancy centers” to notify patients whether they actually have a medical license, and to disclose that California subsidizes birth control and abortion services. Faith-based anti-abortion groups argue that the law violates the CPCs’ freedom of speech under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the California law is constitutionally permissible. If the justices vote to strike down the statute, abortion foes will celebrate the decision as a resounding victory for their cause. An eventual ruling against California, though, could also lead to the invalidation of anti-abortion counseling laws across the country on similar First Amendment grounds.

Continued at source: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/11/abortion_foes_latest_supreme_court_challenge_could_turn_out_badly_for_them.html

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U.S.: How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

Callie Beusman
May 30 2017

Anti-abortion groups are opening fake clinics near actual reproductive health care providers across the country in an attempt to shame and scare women into staying pregnant.

On an overcast Saturday morning in late May, several protesters had gathered outside of Hartford GYN Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut. Many of them were clutching rosaries, and some bore signs decorated with images of beatific infants, with the implication that similar infants were in immediate danger of being murdered. They were, by their own description, facing down "the Evil One;" later in the day, a protester would tell me that an acquaintance of hers had once seen the devil himself crouched atop a different clinic and mistaken it for a gargoyle.

Continued at source: Broadly/VICE: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-anti-abortion-zealots-pose-as-medical-professionals-to-trick-pregnant-women

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Sales of anti-abortion license plates in the US are funding unregulated clinics that push medical lies

Sales of anti-abortion license plates in the US are funding unregulated clinics that push medical lies
Written by Neha Thirani Bagri

February 16, 2017

In the US, drivers stick vanity license plates on their cars to express support for everything from national parks and veterans to breast cancer awareness—and anti-abortion clinics. Twenty-nine states offer “Choose Life” license plates that cost anywhere from $25 to $70, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

In 1997, Randy Harris, a county commissioner in Florida, started the organization Choose Life to promote the creation and sale of these license plates across the country. He wanted to use sales to fund “pro-life pregnancy centers” and “other life affirming agencies,” according to the organization’s website. In 2000, Florida became the first state to pass legislation that allowed the sale of these specialty plates.

Continued at source: Quartz: https://qz.com/911715/sales-of-anti-abortion-license-plates-in-the-us-are-funding-unregulated-clinics-that-push-medical-lies/

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UK: Abortion does not cause cancer, group admits

by Ellen Coyne

December 10 2016, The Times

A Catholic anti-abortion group connected to the Times investigation into crisis pregnancy agencies has admitted that abortion does not cause breast cancer.

The Good Counsel Network, which operates in Ireland and the UK, has compared abortion to terrorism, defended the Magdalene Laundries and described using contraception as an act of narcissism.

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Source: The Times

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