Report Suggests Federal Funds Support Abortion Lies
“Crisis pregnancy centers” mislead and coerce women facing unintended pregnancy, according to Mary O’Shea, director of public policy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). A new report by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal.) urges Congress to stop funding the organizations.
Since 2001, crisis pregnancy centers have received more than $30 million in federal funding. Waxman’s report, “False and Misleading Heath Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers,” found that 87 percent of crisis pregnancy centers reached in an investigation provided misleading, medically inaccurate information about abortion. The centers provided false and misleading information about a link between abortion and breast cancer, the effect of abortion on future fertility and the mental health effects of abortion, O’Shea says.
PPFA announced its support of Waxman’s report.
“Planned Parenthood applauds Rep. Waxman for exposing the dangerous nature of so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ and their assault on women’s health,” says Stephanie Foster, PPFA vice president of public policy. “Women who enter crisis pregnancy centers are walking into a trap. There is no excuse for taxpayer dollars going to organizations whose goal is to mislead and mistreat women facing unintended pregnancy.”
Crisis pregnancy centers, which many women believe to be neutral and objective medical facilities, often withhold essential, medically accurate reproductive health information from women. Despite the fact that the women who go to them are clearly sexually active and at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection, the centers lecture them about abstinence instead of explaining contraception, if they provide any sexual health information at all, O’Shea says.
However, a resource does exist for complete and accurate information that allows women to make informed sexual health decisions.
“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest and most trusted voluntary provider of reproductive health services because we provide our patients with unbiased, medically accurate information about the full range of pregnancy options: parenting, adoption and abortion — as well as access to birth control to prevent future unintended pregnancies,” Foster says. “The best way to help women protect their health is to give them the tools they need to make responsible choices for themselves and their families.”
— Margo Pierce