Crisis pregnancy center
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A crisis pregnancy center (CPC) is a "pro-life" non-profit center, usually sponsored by conservative religious organizations aimed at diverting pregnant women away from having an abortion. They use deceitful tactics such as misinformation and misdirection to lure women inside in order to either indoctrinate them with anti-abortion rhetoric or otherwise prevent the medical prescription or procedure from occurring at all.
Since their goal is not to actually provide medical expertise to the poor individuals who find themselves in need of counseling, but rather to prevent abortions from occurring, the staff and volunteers who work at a CPC have to engage in some questionable tactics in order to save the fetus:
- Setting up shop right next door to a legitimate abortion clinic.
- Meeting women on the street who are on the way to the actual clinic and redirecting them inside the wrong location. This is such a problem that the legitimate clinics have to provide explicit instructions to go directly into "location [x] and not location [y]", avoiding people on the street who might tell them where to go, etc.
- Giving the women they tricked into the CPC food so that they can't undergo surgery.
- Giving women free baby supplies such as diapers, formula and blankets.
- Providing literature about adoption, what Jesus has to say about abortion, or outright lies about the supposed medical problems of abortion, such as the procedure making one infertile or giving them breast cancer.
- Lying for Jesus, i.e., providing false information about abortions and sex.
- Pro-life center moves next door to abortion provider, Charleston Gazette-Mail
- The Anti-Abortion Clinic Across the Street, Ms. Magazine
- The Fake Abortion Clinics of America, MetaFilter
- How abortion opponents secretly bought a Virginia abortion clinic by Petula Dvorac (February 4, 2016) Business Insider.