Crisis Pregnancy Centers in VA have a problem...
...with the truth.
NARALVA's 2013 CPC report is out:
The investigation, conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation staff and volunteers, included 77 phone calls and 10 in-person visits to 56 of the 58 CPCs in the Commonwealth. The study’s findings demonstrate that the vast majority of Virginia CPCs continue to relay medically inaccurate information to potential and current clientele about infertility, fetal development, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, pregnancy, and abortion. Of the 56 centers identified and investigated in Virginia, 71 percent (40) shared some degree of medically erroneous information.
Investigation Findings of Misleading and Medically Inaccurate Information:
- 40 CPCs shared medically erroneous information that abortion causes long-term psychological damage, including suggesting that women who have abortions can ‚get eating disorders, become alcoholic, or become drug addicts,?3 and that ‚the sound of a vacuum would always bring back flashbacks of the abortion.?4
- 18 CPCs shared medically inaccurate information that abortion causes breast cancer, including several that issued the following warning on their respective websites: ‚A number of reliable studies have demonstrated a connection between abortion and later development of breast cancer.?567
- 25 CPCs falsely reported a link between abortion, infertility, and later pregnancy complications. One in-person investigator reported: ‚The counselor said that if I was a certain blood type, an abortion could cause my body to create antibodies that would attack my baby the next time I got pregnant.