After countless reports, exposés, and sting operations, people are beginning to understand that fake clinics are not benign volunteer granny-run operations handing out free baby clothes.
A US umbrella group called Care Net has just released a definitive report demonstrating. . . well, I'm not sure what it demonstrates. More about that in a minute.
Their motivation for the report though is clear. From the link above (bold mine):
The report comes at a time when unfounded speculation about the work of pregnancy centers has become common from abortion supporters. In contrast to the conjecture provided by critics of pregnancy centers, the information in this report is based on widely collected data, client satisfaction surveys covering thousands of people, analysis of agreed-upon standards and practices, and stories from real clients."Unfounded speculation," "conjecture." Yeah, right.
A quick Google of "crisis pregnancy centres lie" produces hundreds of links.
Like this PDF by NARAL Prochoice America, titled helpfully "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie."
How about a Vice News investigation documented in this 19-minute video titled "Misconception" from September 2014?
Or the recent ARCC study of the lies Canadian fake clinics tell?
You get the idea. It is a well-documented fact that fake clinics lie to and manipulate pregnant people in a variety of ways.
Care Net is described by Wikipedia as:
Care Net is an evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy center organization operating primarily in the United States. As an anti-abortion organization its centers seek to persuade a person not to have an abortion. Headquartered in Northern Virginia, it is the nation's largest affiliation network of pregnancy centers.And that, in a nutshell, is what fake clinics do: seek to persuade a person not to exercise a legal, moral right.
Their report is called "The Truth about 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers'" (PDF) and it explains the quotes around "crisis pregnancy centers" thus:
The truth is that the term "crisis pregnancy center" has acquired such a stink around it that fake clinics have been desperately trying to rebrand themselves since at least 2009 when we first noticed it.
Of its 20 pages, eight of them contain "client" testimonials, i.e. glurge. The rest protest that no, they are not deceptive in their advertising or in their "co-location" scheme (setting up shop next-door to real medical clinics) and yes, they do too have "Standards of Affiliation" and a "Commitment of Care and Competence."
And they insist that they've provided more than $56 million a year worth of "free health services" such as drugstore pee-on-a-stick pregnancy tests and unnecessary ultrasounds intended to magically reverse any desire for self-determination in their targets.
The report claims to have "saved" 531,977 lives over the past 8 years.
Think about that.
Over half a million people shamed, guilt-tripped, and manipulated into continuing "crisis" pregnancies.
Or maybe not.
The report claims that "8 out of 10 women who are considering abortion when they visit a Care Net Pregnancy Center CHOOSE LIFE for their unborn children." (caps in the original)
Funny that. Using anti-choices' own data, Rewire concluded in May this year that:
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are billed as alternatives to abortion clinics, but new data suggests they largely fail at their mission, persuading less than 4 percent of clients to forgo abortion care.That's a pretty wide gap -- 80% or 4%?
Our conclusion after reading the report: Crisis pregnancy centers/centres are lying harder than ever.