How You Can Tell if You’re at a CPC

Learn the Warning Signs


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What do CPCs Look Like?

  • CPCs often disguise themselves as reproductive health care clinics by locating near licensed abortion providers and using healthcare-related names and branding, such as “women’s health center,” or “pregnancy support center.”

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  • Advertisements may say things like, “Pregnant? Scared? Need help?”
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  • The name of the center may be religious in nature and reference phrases like “Pro-Life,” “Support Life,” or “Choose Life” or “Life Affirming Decisions”
  • The waiting room may have brochures that emphasize the risks or dangers of abortion or contraception. There may be tiny baby dolls or models of early fetus development.
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What will they tell you?

  • Sometimes CPC staff or volunteers identify themselves as “missionaries” or “abortion survivors”
  • They may use terms like “murder” and “killing” when talking about abortion
  • Common myths and scare tactics used at CPCs (if you are told any of these things you are most likely at a CPC):
  • Abortion is a dangerous procedure, even when performed early on in the pregnancy
    • Many pregnancies end in miscarriage so you should not bother having an abortion early on because it’s likely you will miscarry
    • Abortion often causes complications in getting pregnant later in life
    • Abortion leads to a disease called “Post-Abortion” Stress Syndrome” (no such disease is recognized by the DSM-V)
    • Abortion causes breast cancer
    • Emergency contraception causes an abortion
    • Contraception such as the birth control pill or condoms are ineffective or dangerous
 Counseling on condom use given by a staff member of a CPC in Connecticut.

Counseling on condom use given by a staff member of a CPC in Connecticut.

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