What is a CPC? A CPC is a Crisis Pregnancy Center, an anti-choice establishment to scare and degrade women into keeping their unwanted embryo. They lure “pregnant”, “scared” women in with “free pregnancy tests” and “post-abortion counseling”. Unbeknownst to me, I found one of these CPCs advertising in my high school’s health office. Recently, I read the pamphlet again after reading a post on Tumblr regarding a Women’s Choice Pregnancy Center.
According to this post, real pro-choice clinics are not named “pregnancy centers”, for “a uterus owner has more health concerns than just that uterus” (mentioned in the link above). In fact, the Van Nuys Planned Parenthood offers Men’s Health services. Unfortunately, this Van Nuys PP is one of the closest abortion clinics in our area, and it takes about half an hour to get there. It is not too far, but it is barely accessible for people in my city who do not have access to a car and taking the bus may not be in their best interest for whatever reason. Uninformed girls and women who are sexually active may go to the local CPC.
So what happens at a CPC?
Well, I have never actually been to one, but I have read about these “clinics” from websites like NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. One may argue that these websites spread false information to keep all the business in Planned Parenthood, but why would they, when the CPC websites mention on their websites (fine print, on the bottom) that they do NOT give abortion nor refer for abortion. Back to the subject, a CPC will persuade women into keeping their fetuses by telling them lies such as (but not limited to) “college is free”, “abortion/birth control leads to breast cancer”, and “God/your boyfriend will not love you”. These clinics also slut shame; one “doctor” asked a woman if she “wanted to be branded a loose woman“. A mother took her daughter into a CPC, asking for abortion information. They came back with a doll and scissors, expecting the daughter to cut it up.
In this video, the female reporter notices a pattern of “honest” in the CPC representative’s dialog. Do these CPCs actually know that they are spreading false information? I’m going to guess yes. Their main purpose is to stop abortion for the sake of the fetuses. And if those women are taught false ideas, well… they are just women, right? I think that is what the government officials believe, that women cannot make their own decisions so the government must make those choices for them by limiting their access to birth control and abortion.
Here are some CPC facts.
- There are over 4000 CPCs, more than real pro-choice clinics in America. 1
- 34 states fund these CPCs. 2
- If you live in California, you can find a CPC near you.
tl;dr Don’t go to a CPC.
Note: I plan on writing another article discussing a phone call I will make with my local CPC. Unfortunately, I must keep the CPC confidential in order to hide my location.