USA – Crisis pregnancy centers come up short in providing access to information on pregnancy options

August 9, 2021
University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), also called pregnancy resource centers, are non-profit and often religiously affiliated organizations that operate with the goal of convincing people considering abortion to continue their pregnancies. With more than 2,500 locations across the U.S., they are more prevalent than abortion clinics but do not provide the same level of pregnancy-related care. Many do not provide medical care at all.

Researchers like Alice Cartwright, a doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, are seeking to understand what proportion of people visit CPCs during their pregnancies. New findings from a study she has co-authored suggest that these centers are not meeting the needs of people seeking information on abortion.

Continued: https://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/crisis-pregnancy-centers-come-up-short-in-providing-access-to-information-on-pregnancy-options/


Feminists Fight Fake Abortion Clinics: “No One Should Be Lied To”

Organizations like SPARK, ReproAction and Abortion Access Front are exposing the deceptive tactics of fake abortion clinics and organizing to stop them from harming women.

8/8/2021
Ms. Magazine
by CARRIE N. BAKER and JULIET SCHULMAN-HALL

“My high school was down the street from a crisis pregnancy center. My house that I grew up in was next door to a crisis center. I drove by it every day and saw ‘pregnancy resource center.’ I just assumed that it was a medical provider. I wasn’t the only person fooled,” says Agbo Ikor, Director of Programs at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW in Atlanta, Georgia.

“My best friend when she was pregnant, she was taken to a crisis pregnancy center. And while she was there, they shamed her. They made her feel like if she had an abortion she was just this terrible person. It was very traumatizing for her,” says Ikor. “It is infuriating. It’s just really, really hard to think about.”

https://msmagazine.com/2021/08/08/feminists-fight-fake-abortion-clinics-no-one-should-be-lied-to/


University of Saskatchewan medical school backs off controversial volunteer placement

By The Canadian Press
Fri., July 23, 2021

SASKATOON - After months of student advocacy, the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine has backed off a plan to ask its students to volunteer at the Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre.

The centre is not a clinic and has no medical or health-care professionals on staff, requires all staff and volunteers to “profess a belief in Jesus Christ” and encourages pregnant clients to “choose the gift of life,” says its website.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/07/23/university-of-saskatchewan-medical-school-backs-off-controversial-volunteer-placement.html


Canada – U of S faces backlash for non-medical placements at pregnancy centre that encourages ‘gift of life’

U of S says placement options are 'not an endorsement of any organization'

Yasmine Ghania · CBC News
Posted: Jul 06, 2021

The University of Saskatchewan college of medicine is receiving backlash for offering medical students the choice to do a placement at the Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre (SPOC) — an organization that says it hopes "clients will choose the gift of life."

The non-medical placement is part of the community and workplace centred
learning experience module in a second-year class titled "Medicine in
Society."

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/usask-backlash-placement-non-medical-pregnancy-1.6090861


Abortion opposition related to beliefs about fetal pain perception

Media release from the University of Otago
Thursday 13 May 2021

A person’s stance on abortion is linked to their, often inaccurate, belief about when a fetus can feel pain, a University of Otago study has found.

Lead author Emma Harcourt, PhD candidate in Otago’s Centre for Science Communication, says misinformation about abortion and pregnancy is common and potentially harmful.

Continued: https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/article/abortion-opposition-related-beliefs-about-fetal-pain-perception


USA – The Anti-Abortion Movement Can’t Use This Myth Anymore

Covid-19 may end up inadvertently speeding up abortion progress in America — and exposing conservative hypocrisy along the way.

May 13, 2021
By Jessica Valenti, New York Times

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that people seeking abortion pills during the Covid-19 pandemic will no longer have to visit a doctor’s office to get a prescription. Under the Trump administration, patients were required to receive the first of the medication’s two doses in person, a mandate upheld by the Supreme Court in January. The new policy instead allows for telemedicine consultations and pills sent by mail.

The decision is a practical one for the Covid era: It reduces unnecessary face time in doctor’s offices, which cuts down the potential for exposure. It could also be a huge blow to the anti-abortion movement. Groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have been pushing the Biden administration to make the F.D.A.’s decision permanent. Last week, in a legal filing, the agency announced it was reviewing their restrictions on the medication.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/opinion/abortion-pill-fda-covid.html


What Facebook Unwittingly Reveals in its Ban of LifeSiteNews for COVID Misinformation

BY REBECCA TODD PETERS 
MAY 7, 2021

Facebook’s ban of LifeSiteNews a notoriously
ultraconservative website that regularly spreads disinformation about
abortion—for its COVID violations—puts into sharp relief the tolerance of
misogyny and violence against women on Facebook and in our culture more
broadly.

While many may have missed this decision in the midst of the controversy over
Facebook’s ban of Trump, the rationale for the ban of LifeSiteNews was the
spreading of “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to
physical harm,” an action that violates Facebook’s COVID-19 policies. The
website was banned from YouTube in February for similar reasons.

Continued: https://religiondispatches.org/what-facebook-unwittingly-reveals-in-its-ban-of-lifesitenews-for-covid-misinformation/


‘Roe v. Wade’ Review: Dreadful Anti-Abortion Drama Has No Use for Facts or Filmmaking Basics

Cathy Allyn and Nick Loeb spew lies about 1973's landmark abortion-rights Supreme Court ruling via inept filmmaking and an amateurish cast.

Mar 31, 2021
by Tomris Laffly

To seriously consider “Roe v. Wade” — that is, writer-directors Cathy Allyn and Nick Loeb’s atrocious anti-abortion propaganda piece and not the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in favor of abortion rights — it is helpful to remember a 2017 quote by journalist Chuck Todd. “Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods,” Todd succinctly said when confronting Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on her use of the term. While the Trump era that Conway’s expression sums up is behind us, “Roe v. Wade” has reportedly been in the works for the past three years, so it’s fair to reflect on the baffling film as a product of that period, when right-wing fabrications were routinely presented as truth.

Continued: https://variety.com/2021/film/reviews/roe-v-wade-review-1234939966/


Anti-Reproductive Rights Doctors Are Promoting a Treatment to “Reverse” Abortion

BY Claire Provost, openDemocracy
PUBLISHED March 28, 2021

Doctors in at least a dozen countries, supported by U.S. Christian Right activists, are providing women with a “dangerous” and controversial treatment that claims to “reverse” medical abortions, openDemocracy can reveal today.

Women’s health and rights activists have called for urgent investigation by authorities into these findings – which were described as “horrific” especially during the pandemic when it’s critical for people to trust healthcare providers.

Continued:  https://truthout.org/articles/anti-reproductive-rights-doctors-are-promoting-a-treatment-to-reverse-abortion/


Canada doctors group breaks silence on “unproven” abortion ‘reversal’ treatment

openDemocracy’s investigation prompts Canada’s Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to speak out against this controversial ‘treatment’

Joni Hess, Annie Burns-Pieper

26 March 2021

Canada’s national society of obstetricians and gynaecologists has issued a
statement warning that so-called ‘abortion pill reversal’ treatment is
“unproven” and can also cause “serious complications” for patients.

The statement – the first by a Canadian medical association to address this
topic – was issued in response to findings from an openDemocracy investigation that
reveals how this controversial ‘treatment’ is spreading from the US around the
world.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/canada-doctors-group-breaks-silence-on-unproven-abortion-reversal-treatment/