When my friend Jenna* called me crying, terrified she was pregnant at sixteen, I knew I had to get someone else to help her because I was definitely not qualified to handle this.
In the chaos of it all, I made what could have been a catastrophic error. I absent-mindedly Googled the Planned Parenthood texting hotline and clicked the very first link that popped up.
Later, I realized it was a “priority ad”; someone had paid for it to be the first thing on the search page as a way to attract desperate young girls like Jenna, who wouldn’t have the wherewithal to vet their sources first.
So when Jenna sent me screenshots of the conversation between her and a “pregnancy crisis counselor,” I was completely blindsided by the type of “unbiased support” they provided.
Take a moment to calm down, the counselor said. Think about your baby, a little heartbeat in your belly. You wouldn’t want to kill your baby, would you?
In my rush to help Jenna, I had accidentally directed her to a “crisis pregnancy center.” Also known as CPCs, these “clinics” are in actuality fronts for anti-choice organizations, marketing themselves as legitimate medical facilities. CPCs will often set up shop near established Planned Parenthoods or reproductive health centers, and offer things like free pregnancy tests to lure people in. But once inside, CPCs are notorious for spreading misinformation and using anti-choice scare tactics to frighten young girls into making a decision that may not be right for them.
That’s why dozens of organizations from across the country are joining the movement to promote awareness of CPCs. From October 23rd to 28th, over 40 organizations will be participating in a week of action to insist on straightforward, accurate reproductive health care.
Join the conversation with #ExposeFakeClinics and learn what you can do to expose fake clinics. Together, we can fight for a world where women will be empowered to make the reproductive choices that are right for them.
*Jenna is a pseudonym used to protect the identity of a teenager who lives in Oklahoma.
Pleased 44th birthday, Roe v. Wade! It would be good to say that you’ve been able to make certain abortion entry for all people given that January 22, 1973, but that just is not the case. Above the past 44 years, more than 1,000 payments have been passed to prohibit people’s entry to abortions. In reality, thirty percent (a full of 334) of all those anti-option constraints have been enacted during the past 7 years. What offers?
One explanation for the spike in qualified regulation of abortion suppliers (Trap) regulations is one more Supreme Courtroom case from 1992: Prepared Parenthood v. Casey. This case suggests that states simply cannot impose an “undue burden” on all those wishing to get an abortion, but some states have taken benefit of the obscure wording to instead place constraints on equally abortion seekers and suppliers. For instance, several states now have regulations that require abortion facilities to also present “ambulatory surgical treatment.” Having said that, the overpowering greater part of abortions don’t require that volume of devices, staff or house. And just final thirty day period, the governor of Ohio signed a legislation that banned abortions after the 20th week of being pregnant. (Many other states have previously passed related regulations.) It should really be mentioned that practically 99 percent of abortions happen prior to the 21st week of being pregnant, and most abortions that are carried out after this are because of to a major menace to the woman’s health or a major difficulty with the fetus. Texas also lately attempted to move a rule forcing all fetal tissue (irrespective of whether from an abortion or a miscarriage) to be buried or cremated, but an corporation named Entire Woman’s Well being submitted a lawsuit versus the point out and was able to delay a final decision from staying designed.
Everybody is allowed their possess views on abortion, but restricting entry to risk-free, sanitary and economical abortions causes more damage than fantastic. Trap regulations that require abortion facilities to be unnecessarily equipped have previously forced several clinics to shut down because of to the further expenses. When clinics shut down, there are much less obtainable to present risk-free abortion products and services. This in particular hurts teens who generally have less entry to the further income or transportation expected to access a shrinking quantity of clinics that present abortion products and services. When abortion products and services are not obtainable, historical past shows that men and women, like teens, go after illegal and unsafe abortions these generally direct to health care problems.
The problem is what can we do to cease the damage that these restrictive regulations inflict. Well, we can start out with good intercourse ed: it can avoid teens from needing abortions in the to start with position. And if you know that an anti-abortion bill is likely to be voted on by your state’s federal government, you have the electrical power to call your legislators and inquire for a “no” vote. Last but not least, you can look at out the motion heart at Sexetc.org to see how else you can boost abortion entry for men and women of all ages!
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