Crisis pregnancy centers or anti-abortion clinics are organizations that serve to deter women from having an abortion. They often preach religious ideology when trying to convince women that parenting or adoption is a much better option. They take advantage of women by often opening right next to an actual clinic, knowing full-well the confusion they are causing when a woman thinks she is walking into a real clinic. Some clinics may offer medical services such as STD testing and ultrasounds, yet they neglect to give women comprehensive, accurate advice and information on their options when pregnant. They hold a strict anti-abortion policy, and therefore deprive the women of all of their choices. Unfortunately, clinics like these are not illegal, and there are more than 3,000 across the country.
To make matters worse, these anti-abortion clinics have recently been vying for the same federal funds provided to Planned Parenthood (PP). Because of their failed attempts over the years to defund PP, anti-abortion activists are now demanding the same funds be provided to these fake clinics, and with the support from the Trump administration, they may just win. These clinics are seeking funds from Title X, a $260 million federal family planning program. The majority of this money currently goes to Planned Parenthood, but with the rising sophistication of crisis pregnancy centers, some of that money may be shifted away from PP to anti-abortion clinics. This, of course, would be a devastating loss for the pro-choice movement to see these fake clinics that mislead and manipulate vulnerable women into limiting their choices, now federally supported.
These unethical clinics must be stopped from taking advantage of women, and pro-choice advocates must keep fighting back by spreading awareness on comprehensive sex education. Women should have all of their options available to them, and should be allowed to make their own decisions about their body. To restrict or limit this right, should be unconstitutional.