Part of the Giving Women Choice: What’s New with Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers? Series
From state legislators, to news broadcasts, comedians and city officials, PRCs are frequently called "fake clinics," unethical, a burden, dishonest, sham, disingenuous, predatory and medically inaccurate. These statements are often based on false and misleading reports concocted from pro-abortion organizations like NARAL, exposefakeclinics.com, and the National Abortion Foundation. However, the only think "fake" about pro-life pregnancy centers is that they don't offer abortions.
To help dispel some of this "fake news," here are 10 busted myths about pregnancy resource centers:
#1 PRCs Force Women to have Babies – False.
All PRCs are pro-life. Many women going to PRC's are overwhelmed and feel like giving birth isn't an option due to their financial, relational or other circumstances. PRCs encourage women to consider having the child by providing support, training programs, counseling and sometimes adoption plans for women and their families. No woman is forced to give birth to her child.
#2 All PRCs are the same and unlicensed – False.
Abortion advocacy groups often portray the clinics as if they are counseling centers parading as medical offices and therefore violate medical ethics, but that's not the case. There are centers that focus more on counseling and fiscal support for women and their families, and others that function essentially as medical pregnancy centers with volunteer physicians and nurses as paid staff. In regards to licensing, pro-life pregnancy centers that offer medical services follow all state regulations and apply for licenses according to the law.
#3 PRCs Don't Give a Woman All Her Options – False.
Critics frequently challenge that PRCs do not follow medical ethics under the false belief that women are not given all their pregnancy options, which include abortion. However, it is common for PRCs to discuss what abortion is and the possible complications that women can experience. In comparison, the latest statistics show that the options at the nation's largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, are limited. In 2016, Planned Parenthood only gave 3,889 adoption referrals and had 7,762 prenatal visits compared to 321,384 abortions. Based on their self-reported numbers, only one in 28 patients chose life, and that's an incredibly generous estimation.
#4 PRCs Exaggerate Abortion Complications – True and false.
A common complaint about PRCs is that they exaggerate or make medically inaccurate statements about some of the complications that a woman can experience after an abortion. Those charges are mostly false—the truth is that PRCs share the known abortion complications with women to make sure that they are fully informed about the risks they are taking if they have the procedure. (You can learn more about abortion complications here.)
#5 - PRCs Violate HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) – False.
Pregnancy centers maintain the confidentiality of their patients, especially in pro-life pregnancy medical centers. In comparison, several of Planned Parenthood clinics have been charged with HIPPA violations in several states (the tool checkmyclinic.org identifies HIPPA violations and other reported issues at Planned Parenthood clinics).
#6 PRCs Volunteers Dress Up Like Medical Professionals to Deceive Patients – False.
Many PRCs have medical professionals who volunteer to work with the women. A patient can also ask to confirm someone's medical qualifications, if needed. Planned Parenthood may be the real offender here as there are reports of unlicensed and unqualified employees doing medical procedures in their abortion centers.
#7 PRCs use Deceptive Advertising – False.
Critics claim that PRCs are using false advertisements or deceptive marketing tactics to mislead women, but that's a misrepresentation. Pro-life pregnancy centers are transparent about their missions and include pro-life statements on their websites. If a woman wants an abortion, she likely knows that Planned Parenthood provides them.
#8 PRCs Target Certain Communities – True.
This claim is true, but that's because abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood do so, as well. To best meet the needs of the women in their communities, PRCs strategically place their centers close to abortion locations to provide women with a different opportunity. In New York City, Planned Parenthood shares a building in Brooklyn and a block in the Bronx with pro-life pregnancy centers. Even in smaller towns like South Bend, Ind., a pro-life pregnancy center is opening across the street from a new abortion center. Where the abortion business goes, PRCs will follow to make sure women have another option.
#9 PRCs Manipulate Google Web Searches – False.
All businesses are able to use a program called Google Ad Words to bid and buy certain keywords that will allow their business to show up first in a search. It's a common and standard business practice. Abortionists often argue that pro-life pregnancy centers are part of some great internet conspiracy when pro-life pregnancy centers show up first in search results, but it's really because PRCs buy keywords. This is despite the fact that Planned Parenthood received more than $500 million in private donations in 2016 and could easily compete for keywords, but instead blames the PRC that usually runs on a shoestring budget. Other abortion offices are also known to bid and buy key words to place above Planned Parenthood in searches, but the abortion business doesn't complain about their abortion competitors. If Planned Parenthood wants to place first, then they can bid and compete for keywords like everyone else.
#10 Abortion Activists Are Protecting Women Against PRCs – False.
Perhaps the greatest myth of all is that the abortion industry has women's best interests at heart. The emphasis on portraying places like Planned Parenthood as defenders of women and women's health is perhaps one of the greatest deceptions of our time. The abortion industry is what harms women and families the most. A research study determined that women who have abortions, especially multiple abortions, are more likely to experience violence in their lives. Places like Planned Parenthood feed into the cycle of violence by completing the abortion and putting women back into the same vulnerable situation as before, but PRCs are different. PRCs help break that cycle of violence by teaching women and men with the skills they need to be successful individuals and parents.
In the end, Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion advocates are threatened by the programs and support offered by PRCs. If women knew more about their options and that they can be successful and give birth, then abortion sellers like Planned Parenthood might become obsolete. That is why pregnancy care centers are such a threat and will continue to face challenges.